DUI Homicide Filed as Vehicle Code section 23153 Reduced to Simple DUI! No jail!

Our office was recently retained to represent a client involved in an incident that resulted in his arrest for a violation of Vehicle Code section 23153, “Unlawful Driving Under the Influence and Concurrent Act Proximately Causing Bodily Injury to Person Other than Driver” in which a passenger died.

The police reports for the incident allege that our client had been attending a golf tournament with his close friend and they had been drinking throughout the day. After the tournament ended, our client and his friend continued to drink and our client drove a golf cart to a nearby friend’s house. At the end of their night, our client was the driver of the golf cart and his friend was the passenger. On the trip back to the course, the passenger fell out of the golf cart, hit his head on the concrete pavement, and later died at the hospital due to the injuries sustained from the accident.

Witnesses that observed our client after the accident called 911 and reported that they believed our client to be under the influence of alcohol based on his behavior and speech.

The district attorney had originally considered filing voluntary manslaughter charges against our client but, ultimately, our client was charged with a DUI causing bodily injury, Vehicle Code section 23153.

After review of the discovery, videos, photos, and police reports, our office began negotiations with the prosecution. We provided the prosecution with CALCRIM 2100, which requires, in order to sustain a conviction for Vehicle Code section 23153, the people to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that our client: (1) drove a vehicle; (2) when driving, the defendant was under the influence of alcohol; (3) that while driving under the influence, the defendant also committed an illegal act or neglected to perform a legal duty; and (4) the defendant’s illegal act or failure to perform a legal duty caused bodily injury to another person. We argued that there was no evidence of unlawful driving in this matter or neglect to perform a legal duty as required by the statute for a conviction to Vehicle Code section 23153.

Our office also provided significant mitigation documents showing that our client is a successful businessman, has no prior convictions, donates regularly, is newly a father, and has committed himself to excelling at his education and career.

After strenuous negotiations, our office was able to negotiate to a simple DUI for this matter with standard DUI terms and community labor. This is an amazing result for our client that will allow him to continue to travel for work and resulted in no jail time!!

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