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You have heard of the Miranda Warnings, but what about the Watson Advisement?  Pursuant to a decision by the United States Supreme Court, police must read the Miranda Warnings to all defendants upon arresting them.  As for the Watson Advisement, it belongs to California state law, and it is specific to one category of crime, namely driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.

An officer who reads the Watson Advisement during a traffic stop for suspected DUI informs the driver that, by driving drunk or under the influence of drugs, the driver could be charged with murder if they cause a fatal collision.  A Los Angeles man is currently facing charges for murder after a fatal traffic accident two years after an officer first read him the Watson Advisement. 

If you get criminal charges for a traffic violation such as driving without a license or driving with a suspended license, do not assume that it is just another traffic ticket.  Instead, contact a Los Angeles suspended license lawyer.

Man Who Returned From the Brink of Death Causes Fatal Crash Just Hours After Leaving the Hospital

September 26, 2021, was an uneventful day for Kyu Chen of Irvine.  She went to bed early, because she needed to wake up early for work the next day.  For Luis Marcial Diaz, though, it was anything but an ordinary day.  He overdosed on fentanyl and was transported to the hospital. 

He survived, thanks to prompt treatment with naloxone, a drug that quickly reverses the effects of opioid intoxication, averting many overdose deaths.  By 4:00 in the morning on September 27, Diaz had been released from the hospital and, according to prosecutors, had already taken more drugs.  Chen had already left home and was driving to work.

While Chen was driving through the intersection of Sand Canyon Road and Irvine Center Drive, Diaz ran a red light and collided with Chen’s car.  Chen was pronounced dead at the scene.  She was 61 years old.  Now Diaz is in jail, where his bail is set at $1 million.  He is being charged with murder, and if convicted, he could face a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.  Like all defendants in criminal cases, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty, whether by pleading guilty or being convicted at trial.

Diaz first received the Watson advisement in 2019 after a car accident in Huntington Beach.  As a result of that accident, he was charged with driving without a license, DUI, and possession of nitrous oxide.  He pleaded not guilty to the charges, but the KTLA news website did not give any additional details about the outcome of the 2019 case.

Contact the Manshoory Law Group About Charges Stemming from DUI Accidents

A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer can help you if you are facing criminal charges after causing a car accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Your initial consultation is always free, so contact the Manshoory Law Group in Los Angeles, California, or call (877)977-7750 to discuss your case.

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