Orange County, CA- An elaborate display of holiday lights in Alhambra, a community approximately 40 miles north of Orange County, turned into a the scene of a terrible accident over the weekend as an alleged drunk driver plowed into vehicles and pedestrians.
The accident occurred just after 8 p.m. on Sunday at the corner of North Freemont Ave. and Poplar Boulevard as dozens of people gathered to see the festive decorations which adorned several homes in the area. Police say the driver of red pickup truck crossed the center line and slammed into two parked minivans. The minivans were then pushed into several pedestrians.
The driver then fled the scene, but was later apprehended and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Police said thirteen people were injured with eleven taken to three different hospitals for treatment. KTLA reported that four of the victims were listed in critical condition and the youngest victim was 7 years-old.
NBC reported that driver responsible for the accident has been identified as 28 year-old Ismael Soto, who has a prior convictions for a driving under the influence. In February of 2013, Sotos was convicted of driving under the influence with a BAC over .08 and driving with a suspended license. Later that year, in November, Sotos was convicted of driving with a suspended license and refusing a chemical test.
Sotos will need an exceptional DUI attorney to help him with his defense after this accidents. His history of DUI arrests and other traffic infractions will heavily on the sentence he receives for his latest DUI charge.
The best way to avoid a DUI conviction is to not drive if you’ve been drinking or taking illicit or prescriptions drugs, but the fact is many people fail to realize when they are too intoxicated to drive. The FBI estimates that 1.5 million Americans are charged with driving under the influence each year.
A conviction for driving under the influence has a host of legal and real-world consequences for the offender. A conviction for a first DUI in California can result in a jail sentence, and costly fines. Additionally, a first-time offender may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. All of the costs of a DUI, which easily adds up to $10 grand will come out of the offender’s pocket and the conviction will stay on their records for at least 10 years. The penalties will increase significantly for second and third DUI convictions.
Before you make any decisions on how to approach your DUI charges speak with one of our DUI attorneys serving Orange County. They will know the best course of action to pursue so you can minimize the resulting penalties and is your best hope at securing a favorable plea bargain when the evidence is stacked up against you. Your DUI attorney will look at the evidence stacked up against you and help you make an informed decision about how to craft your DUI defense.