Alleged DUI Fatality Live Streamed

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Alleged DUI driver live streams the aftermath of a fatal accident that killed her 14 year old sister on Instagram

      Watching a video that shows a dead or dying 14 year old girl will cause some pretty strong emotional reactions from people.  Alleging, even absent any chemical test results.  Before we allow the strong emotional reaction that accompanies the odd behavior following a traumatic accident, we should question if the facts are present.  It may end up being an actual DUI, but before we conclude that, we need to see proof.

     The young lady who was driving, the sister of the deceased, expresses her love for her sister, and that it is the last thing she wanted to happen.  The fact that they were driving around, and happy, right before the accident supports that she was just showing her soon to be 15 year old sister a good time, youthful indiscretions occur.  She can also be heard saying she doesn't care.  This was after saying she was gong to spend the rest of her life in jail.  Many people are interpreting it as she doesn't care her sister is dead, but a more careful interpretation may show that she doesn't care that she may spend the rest of her life in jail, because it is insignificant compared to the loss of her sister and the pain she is feeling.  

    It is easy to case stones at the young lady for live streaming herself driving, which does violate some vehicle codes, and is an obvious risk.  Perhaps, the video streaming caused the accident, and the driver has an odd reaction based upon traumatic injury or event that had just occurred.  We also must accept that people walk around with their phones in their faces, using them for social media and every other conceivable possibility for which they may be used, but that is today's digital age.  The younger the person, the more invested in the digital world they are.  We may have adapted to the new technology, but they were born into it.

Alleged DUI Fatality Live Streamed on Instagram

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Fresno DUI Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Fresno area law enforcement agencies have some of the strictest DUI enforcement policies in the Nation. The first decision an officer makes during the DUI enforcement is the decision to stop the vehicle. It may be a driving pattern, maintenance infraction, tinted windows, or other issues the lead the officer to make that decision. The next decision is whether to have the driver exit the vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation. Factors include odor or alcohol, red watery eyes, and slurred speech. Timely stopping, parking, and fumbling with a license or insurance paperwork, all influence the officers decision to continue the investigation. Once outside the vehicle the subject may sway or have trouble following directions. At the conclusion of the third stage, the officer decides if there is probable cause for an arrest. If you are arrested, there are steps you should take on your own behalf. It is important for anyone cited for DUI to contact the DMV within 10 days to preserve their right to an Admin Per Se Hearing in front of a DMV officer. Failure to contact the DMV within 10 days may result in the suspension of your driving privilege. Remember, the officer arrests at probable cause, but it takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. If the officer does their job right, a large percentage of the people should be found not guilty.

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Experienced Fresno and Madera County Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker understands the needs of each client are quite unique to each individual client. Some clients are looking to keep their drivers license, others are looking to avoid long periods of incarceration. Many times pride and principles are cited for the client's motivation to achieve a particular resolution to their case. Many clients just want to put their life, family, and career back together. It is the responsibility of the defense attorney to coordinate and effective defense for the benefit of the client. It is essential that I provide the best defense for the individual person and their specifically tailored needs in life. I will help you by building the best defense that the facts allow. One important aspect of hiring a private attorney is the time they spend listening to your needs, and working to obtain an effective resolution under the circumstances. When these problems arise, it's time to reach out for a helping hand. I handle criminal defense cases on a daily basis, helping people with their issues. Let me help you.