An off-duty Los Angeles police officer pleaded not guilty to murder following a deadly Santa Fe Springs DUI crash. The collision, which took place in September 2017, killed three members of one family. The driver, who has since been discharged from the LAPD, remains jailed on a $6 million bail.
According to witnesses, the officer was driving a Camaro in the carpool lane when he collided with the family’s Nissan. He also crashed into a Toyota. The collision forced the Nissan into the center divider, then burst into flames. Investigators presented data from the officer’s Camaro showing that the car was traveling at 151 mph on first impact. Additionally, the officer had been drinking at a Whittier bar and his blood-alcohol content was .13 following the crash.
Last month, a judge ordered the man to stand trial for three counts each of murder and vehicular manslaughter, one count of driving under the influence. If convicted of all charges, the man faces a possible sentence of life in prison.
Santa Fe Springs DUI attorney
When you face charges for drunk driving, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes cases for DUI in LA and throughout Southern California.
Two out of three drunk driving arrests in California result in misdemeanor charges. The charges you face will depend entirely upon the circumstances of your particular case. The prosecutor will likely seek felony charges for cases that result in death or serious injury. As this case demonstrates, those cases could result in murder charges.
Regardless of the nature of your drunk driving case, you need an experienced defense attorney in your corner. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the courts, provide guidance, and work toward the best possible outcome. Don’t attempt to represent yourself in court, and don’t assume that you have no options.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI case.
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