Ann Arbor residents know that drunk driving laws in the state are very strict. In the event of a death from a traffic accident, accused drunk drivers may face vehicular homicide charges, which can affect the rest of their lives.
A 17-year-old Lakeland High School student is facing vehicular homicide charges. According to police, the accused was operating her vehicle while intoxicated and crashed head-on into another vehicle driven by a Milford woman. The woman died at the scene. The accused sustained orthopedic injuries in the accident. There were no passengers in either vehicle and both drivers were wearing seat belts.
The teenage student has been charged with operating while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing death. Both charges carry a potential prison sentence of up to 15 years or $10,000 fine. Authorities say that the charges were made after an extensive investigation by police. The accused has been released on bail and has to appear before court in the last week of February. Her bail is conditional whereby she is required to provide twice-daily breath samples using an interlock breath analyzer installed in her home.
Vehicular homicide charges can prove devastating for the accused person. The accused may have to face heavy penalties if convicted. Even before a conviction, the person may lose driving privileges and other liberties. However, working closely with a legal professional may help a person accused of DWI to get their privileges reinstated in some situations. This can ensure that a defendant can continue to get to work and meet other responsibilities while the case is pending.
Source: Observer & Eccentric, "Teen charged for traffic crash that killed Milford mother," Aileen Wingblad, Feb. 11, 2013