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East Michigan man may face vehicular assault charges

A Michigan man may find himself facing vehicular assault charges after allegedly being involved in a five-car crash just east of Ann Arbor. A police report stated that the people involved had come from a wedding reception.

Although the police investigation is still ongoing, officers have presented partial details of the accident. They were notified of the incident due to a tracking system that went off when one of the vehicle's airbags inflated. The crash happened at around 1:20 a.m.; the allegedly intoxicated man was driving one of the five vehicles that left the reception. The accident resulted in injuries to two 16-year-old girls and a male adult. The two girls were taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and the man was transported to a different medical facility.

The accused drunk driver is now facing drunken driving charges causing injury and is being held on $75,000 bond. The charges may still be elevated based on the developments in the case. When an accident victim sustains a serious injury or when a minor is involved, vehicular assault charges can be filed. Meanwhile, in a fatal drunk driving accident, a driver can be charged with vehicular homicide or manslaughter.

Regardless of the extent of the drunk driving charges, it will still be an uphill climb for a driver facing charges. From the start, a person will often have to pay an expensive bond just to be released from police custody. Subsequently, a resident will have to endure a suspended license and the possible ridicule of the community. Consequences become more severe if a driver is convicted.

However, Ann Arbor drivers in this kind of situation do have rights. Exercising a person's right to legal representation can be most beneficial in a driver's pursuit of reducing the charges or dropping them entirely. Proper legal representation can help dissect the investigation details, witness accounts and other evidence that will be presented in court. Drunk driving is never okay, but anyone accused of it is entitled to all of their rights, including an aggressive defense.

Source: Mlive.com, "Grand Rapids Man, 19, Charged With Drunken Driving In Five-Car Middleville Area Crash" John Tunison, Oct. 7, 2013

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