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Did California politician's office attempt to hide a DUI?

On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Drunk Driving on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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 officials.

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