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California man taken into custody for fourth DUI

Authorities say that a 30-year-old man was taken into custody for suspicion of drunken driving on April 18. It was his fourth DUI charge in the past 10 years, and had a blood alcohol content of .16 percent at the time police made contact with him.

At approximately 11:55 that night, an officer noticed tire tracks and debris on the ground at Orchard Supply Hardware on Old Redwood Highway in Petaluma. A trail of tire tracks and fluid leaking from the driver's vehicle led to a Ford Mustang in a 7-11 parking lot. The vehicle had debris stuck underneath, and the driver struggled to keep his balance after first getting out. It was noted that the driver had a strong odor of alcohol and admitted to drinking as many as 12 beers after driving to a friend's house.

According to authorities, the man was on felony probation after being convicted of DUI in 2007, 2009 and 2012. He also had a suspended driver's license at the time of the incident. Therefore, he was taken to Sonoma County Jail on charges of violating probation, driving with a suspended license and suspicion of DUI. No bail was set.

Criminal defense attorneys who handle DUI matters probably have seen cases that are even more difficult than this one. Although it is sometimes possible to get charges dropped or penalties reduced when it is a first offense, that is likely not as possible in the case of a person who has been convicted on multiple occasions and who has also made self-incriminating statements after being advised of his rights. However, to avoid the cost and delay of a trial, prosecutors will sometimes agree to a shorter sentence in exchange for a plea of guilty.

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