Two DUI’S Gets You Life In Prison

September 24, 2010 at 12:25 am Leave a comment

This is what happens to you when you get two DUIS as reported by the OC Weekly

"We told you last week about Angel Herrera Leal facing a murder charge in Fullerton’s North Justice Center a December 2008 crash on the 5 freeway near Disney Way in Anaheim that occurred after the Los Angeles 30-year-old drove several miles the wrong way.
Leal was found guilty by a jury today of one felony count of murder. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison at his Nov. 5 sentencing in the same courtroom.
Several drivers on the 5 had to avoid Leal’s pick-up as he was driving northbound in the southband lanes, with some having called 9-1-1 to report the wrong-way driver. He eventually crashed head-on into an oncoming Toyota Corolla driven by 29-year-old Jisun Park.
Both vehicles spun and came to a stop on the freeway. Park suffered abdominal injuries and had to be rushed to UCI Medical Center for treatment, but her passenger Rebecca Moon, 29, died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Leal had two prior convictions for driving under the influence in 2005 and 2007 and was driving on a suspended license at the time of the crash. He had completed alcohol education courses in Los Angeles County, was informed of the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol and was advised that he could be charged with murder if he killed someone while driving under the influence.
He blew .29 percent after the 4:45 a.m. wreck that killed Moon."
This shows that drinking and driving has serious consequences. If your are an alcoholic and have one prior DUI, I suggest that you seriously work a program of recovery and ensure that you get many, many years of soberity because this law can result in you spending the rest of life in jail.
The state constitution requires the governor to approve inmate’s application of parole when the prisoner accused of murder. Based on my personal observations of new stories, the governor has approved parole for only handful of times.

Therefore, the life sentence should really mean life with the possibility of parole in exceptional circumstances. And most prisoners will spend the rest of their lives in jail includes these DUI offense unless they have extraordinary circumstances that warranted their release.

So if you get one DUI, you might want to determine if your are an alcoholic and refrain from drinking again. It is not worth the risk of serving a 15 to life sentence.

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