Can You Attend The Criminal Sentencing Hearing of a California Drunk Driver (DUI) That Injured You?

Mark Carleton Blane

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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer - San Diego, CA

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San Diego Drunk Driving Accident Trial Attorney Mark Blane lays out the reasons why you can attend the actual criminal sentencing hearing of the drunk driver if you sustained injuries. It is actually very helpful for the criminal court in order to decide if the at-fault drunk driver should be sentenced for a "misdemeanor" or "felony" DUI (driving under the influence) conviction. Obviously, the greater your injuries the greater the likelihood the criminal judge will sentence the drunk driver for a felony conviction. Mr. Blane has seen a criminal judge do both - and, it usually depends on the degree of injuries the accident victim sustained. Also, by attending the sentencing hearing you help to ensure justice is done, and the chances that the drunk driver will not get "behind the wheel drunk again" to cause a future accident to someone else.

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California Drunk Driving Injury Web Page

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