According to a December 9, 2011 news report in USA Today, Los Angeles Dodger James Loney won’t face professional consequences for his November accident that may have been alcohol-related. California Highway Patrol officials say that on November 14, 2011, Loney was involved in a car accident on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles. His Maserati collided with a 2008 Mini Cooper, a Toyota Prius, and a Mercedes-Benz. The other drivers have stated that he was unconscious momentarily after the collision and attempted to flee the scene when he woke up. It is not clear if he was under the influence of alcohol, but a blood sample for alcohol and drugs was taken.
California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” Penalties for drunk driving in California typically involve lengthy license suspensions, heavy fines, required alcohol counseling, and potential jail time.
A defendant could face additional penalties when a drunk driving arrest results in an injury or fatal car accident. Anyone facing a potential DUI charge would be well advised to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will analyze all aspects of the case and the incident and ensure that the defendant’s legal rights are protected.
The experienced Los Angeles drunk driving defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have a proven track record of handling DUI cases in southern California. We know how to fight wrongful charges and how to lower charges in DUI cases. If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence, please call our offices at (866) 430-8383 for a free case assessment.