California case. A 40 yr old male with 5 trips to emergency mental health for suicide attempts last year alone. Three times had meth in system. Two times no trace of drugs at all. His roommates all state this person was talking crazy talk about how many times prior he’s died in his lifetime. Depressed and had stopped going to work that week I guess he even told someone where he lived he was going to run his vehicle into a brick wall so his daughter would just think her daddy died in car accident. Roommates should have dialed 911 immediately instead they sent him on a mission to obtain food from his brothers house some 7 miles away. He made it three miles when he slammed into stoppedcars on street. I hired him defense DUI Attorney immediately. He was charged with DUI ABD MANSLAUGHTER while. Recovering in hospital. I bailed him out when he taken to jail so he could recover and I took him to many appointments and he was connected to a mental health doctor. I kept attorney informed. He was recovering nicely accept his face which needs major reconstruction surgery. attorney told him to not worry. Never spoke with him and first appearance was talked into custody charges murder
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It appears that Penal Code Section 26 comes into play in this scenario. The key is what was the causation of the influence. Was it prescription drugs? If so, then he may have a defense. If it was drugs that were not prescribed then he has the issues that he has. Talked into murder charges at the first appearance, before counsel could do any investigation / due diligence rarely appears to be in the best interest of the client.
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