Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sara's Law would deport illegal immigrants who are convicted of California DUI

California DUI attorney news.


According to California DUI attorneys, Sara Cole, the Los Gatos mother who was seriously injured in September by a California DUI drunk driver, told a California DUI Superior Court judge Friday she does not think the man who ran her over is an evil man. But, Cole said, "I'm happy he's come to justice."

Lucio Rodriguez, 27, of San Jose, was sentenced to five years in state prison for a California DUI, with credit for days already served, according to California DUI attorneys.

Earlier this year Rodriguez pleaded guilty to felony California DUI drunken driving, causing great bodily injury, felony hit and run and driving with a suspended license, according to California DUI attorneys. Rodriguez had a blood alcohol level of .16, twice the legal limit, when he slammed into Cole, crushing her legs as she was standing near the back of her sport-utility vehicle, according to California DUI attorneys.

The California DUI accident happened at Baggerly Field off of Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos, according to California DUI attorneys.

Cole, who uses a wheelchair, continues to undergo physical therapy three times a week, California DUI lawyers report.

Cole acknowledged that the accident has changed Rodriguez's family, too. He is married and has a young son, California DUI lawyers report.

Rodriguez is an illegal immigrant who was convicted of a misdemeanor DUI in March 2007, California DUI lawyers report.

"I think the U.S. is a great country," Cole said. "But I think Mr. Rodriguez abused his place in it. He abused that privilege."

Cole's ex-husband, Bill Cole, is lining up support for California DUI AB 1882, known as "Sara's Law," that would deport illegal immigrants who are convicted of California DUI - driving under the influence. The state Assembly Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on the California DUI bill Tuesday, California DUI lawyers report.