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Man faces DUI charges after motorcycle accident

On the evening of Feb. 3, a 27-year-old Millbrae man hit two cars and lost control of his motorcycle while speeding on Highway 280. He lost control of the motorcycle after he hit the second car and sustained serious injuries. He has been hospitalized and is facing DUI charges.

The man swerved out of his lane while going south on 280 and hit the back of a Subaru traveling in the same direction and then swerved again and hit the rear of a Toyota. That impact caused the man to lose control of the motorcycle, and his passenger was also thrown from the bike and taken to the hospital with scrapes and complaints of pain.

A drunk driving conviction in California can carry some serious penalties. Jail time of up to one year is possible along with fines as high as $18,000 on a third offense. License suspension is another possibility, and the length of the suspension ranges from 30 days to three years. Some counties require the use of an ignition interlock device (IID) after a first offense, which is installed in one's car and requires the driver to breathe in a tube prior to starting the car; if the blood alcohol content( BAC) is too high, the vehicle will not start.

A criminal attorney may be able assist an individual facing DUI charges. It may be possible to reduce the charge to "wet reckless," which means there was reckless driving with alcohol involved. This type of plea deal is more likely to occur if the BAC is borderline, if it is a first offense or if there wasn't an accident involved in the case.

Source: San Mateo Patch, "Motorcycle Rider Faces DUI Charges After Highway 280 Crash ," Laura Dudnick, Feb. 5, 2013

Source: Drivinglaws.org, "California Drunk Driving Fines & Penalties ," 2013

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