In California all DUI convicts are made to sign “The Watson Admonishment”, which forces them to acknowledge the danger of DUI. If you are the cause of fatal DUI after signing this you are charged with murder rather than manslaughter.
California Code, Vehicle Code – VEH § 23593
(a) The court shall advise a person convicted of a violation of Section 23103 , as specified in Section 23103.5 , or a violation of Section 23152 or 23153 , as follows:
“You are hereby advised that being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Therefore, it is extremely dangerous to human life to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both. If you continue to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, and, as a result of that driving, someone is killed, you can be charged with murder.”
(b) The advisory statement may be included in a plea form, if used, or the fact that the advice was given may be specified on t… Continue Reading