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Man faces felony DUI charge in car crash

A 44-year-old Fairfield man was parked on the shoulder of Highway 29 with his hazard lights flashing while using his cellphone. He glanced in his rear-view mirror just in time to see a pick-up truck driven by a 32-year-old Napa man slam into the rear of his vehicle at a high rate of speed. Both vehicles were badly damaged, and the Napa man was treated for a possible broken jaw.

The man driving the pick-up was arrested after he was released from the hospital and charged with suspicion of felony DUI. Other charges pertaining to the accident may be pending as well. The driver facing possible drunk driving charges may want to consider seeking the services of an experienced DUI attorney.

DUI charges are a serious matter and should be handled with the utmost care. Some of the possible consequences of the charge include vehicle impound, revocation of a driver's license, large fines and even jail time. There may be the need to request a DMV hearing. This is non-criminal administrative hearing to stop the automatic suspension of the suspect's driver's license. It allows for the cross-examination of the police officers involved in the incident. It is helpful to be represented by experienced counsel at such a hearing.

Often, DUI cases encompass factors such as driving without a license and prior DUI convictions. An attorney experienced in the area of DUI defense can look at the individual case and help the accused make decisions that will best benefit his or her particular situation.

Source: Napa Valley Patch, "Felony DUI Alleged In 2-Pickup Crash," Marsha Dorgan, Nov. 26, 20212

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