The FBI is reportedly investigating claims that the office of California
Rep. Lois Capps attempted to help cover up evidence in a
drunk driving case involving one of the office's staff. The FBI is investigating
on behalf of the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section
- a group responsible for looking into accusations of wrongdoings by public
A recent Fox News article covered the issue, noting concern over a potentially
forged signature attempting to help get the person accused of drunk driving
into a treatment facility and discrepancy over the man's end date
with the office. If these accusations are supported, the accused members
of the congresswoman's office could face charges of misstating facts
on a VA form, a charge that can lead to five years imprisonment.
The story begins with a party. The accused was attending a holiday party
hosted by the Santa Barbara Independent, a local newspaper. The accused,
a district representative for the congresswoman, struck a pedestrian with
his vehicle after leaving the party. The pedestrian died as a result of
the injuries sustained in the accident. The man was sentenced to 15 years
to life for manslaughter and an additional five years for leaving the
scene of the crime.
This story draws attention to the many facets that can arise in a drunk
driving case. Because of the various issues that can be present, it is
wise for those who are charged with a DUI to contact an experienced criminal
defense lawyer to help better ensure your legal rights are protected.
Source: Fox News, "
FBI, DOJ reportedly probing ties of California rep's staffer to driver
in DUI death," June 9, 2014