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Man sentenced in DUI case

A Northern California man was sentenced to two years in state prison after he plead no contest to child endangerment and drunk driving charges. The child endangerment charge was a felony while the drunk driving charge was a misdemeanor. He was originally stopped by the California Highway Patrol on Jan. 26 after being observed driving 90 miles per hour on Highway 101 in Redwood City.

In addition to speeding, he was also seen weaving on the road. When police made contact with the man, it was discovered that his 18-month-old son was in the backseat of his car. Furthermore, the child was not in a child seat when police discovered him. In addition to the time that the driver will spend in prison, he will not be allowed to have contact with his child for an undetermined amount of time.

However, three years with no contact with a child is typical in a child endangerment case. Prosecutors had asked for four years in state prison, but the judge struck a conviction that occurred 27 years prior. Both the man's attorney and the prosecutor in the case agreed that the sentence was fair based on the facts in the case.

If an individual has been charged with a DUI, it may be a good idea to talk with an attorney. Legal counsel may create a defense to the charge such as showing that an individual was not over the legal limit when first pulled over. It may also be possible to cast doubt on the results of a blood or breath test or cast doubt on witness testimony in the case. This may include calling into question the content of a police report or actions taken by an officer prior to taking a driver into custody.

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