When drunk driving leads to an accident in which another person is seriously injured, the driver at fault can face severe charges. A felony DUI or DWI charge can quickly change the life of the accused. A man charged with the death of a Washtenaw County woman could be sentenced to a heavy jail term and large fines if he is convicted during his trial this October.
The defendant was arrested after an accident last October. He was allegedly driving 70 to 80 miles per hour when he ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle. The driver of the other car, a 32-year-old mother of two from Washtenaw County, was killed in the crash. Her 13-year-old son was critically injured, and her daughter sustained moderate injuries as well.
The man is allegedly a repeat drunk driver and has been in jail without bond since the crash took place almost a year ago. He faces a collection of charges including second-degree murder and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing a death and serious injury. He is also accused of driving on a suspended license causing death and of having an open container of alcohol in his car.
Of those people who have been arrested for drunk driving, many learn from their temporary lapse in judgment and avoid future problems with the law. Unfortunately, even a first time DWI charge requires an extensive legal defense. The courts are often tougher on repeat offenders. Being convicted for drunk driving can be devastating, and the effects can be felt well into the future. Seeking the counsel of an experienced attorney may help someone facing DWI charges as they prepare their case.
Source: Observer & Eccentric, “Accused killer finally set to stand trial,” Darrell Clem, 30 June 2011