People v. A.C. (Felony Evading Arrest & DUI)

Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah

Case Conclusion Date:February 11, 2013

Practice Area:Criminal Defense

Outcome:180 days house arrest and felony reduced to misdemeanor

Description:Facts – The police initially tried to pull Client over for violating Vehicle Code section 27007 – loud music heard more than 50 feet away. However, after patrol car lights were activated, Client failed to stop. Instead Client began driving over 80 mph in a 40 mph zone in violation of Vehicle Code section 22350 (unsafe speed). At times during the chase, Client was weaving in and out of oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. During the pursuit, Client’s vehicle hit a speed bump which caused all 4 wheels of his car to elevate from the ground at once. When Client came down, his car fishtailed and he almost lost control of the vehicle. Client eventually crashed his vehicle. After being ordered out of the car at gunpoint, Client spit at the police officer and yelled at him. During the entire chase, Client committed at least 10 separate traffic violations. Client was charged with felony evading arrest and misdemeanor DUI. The DA's initial offer was 180 days county jail and they refused to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor. The court's initial offer was the same as the DA's offer.

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