In 2013, Matthew Cordle turned himself in for causing a fatality while driving drunk in Ohio. He initially hid his crime, but later made a video confession about the matter and published it online. Cordle was arrested and formally charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after the video was released. He was later sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison upon his conviction. The judge also ordered his driver’s license be suspended for life.
“It was in full knowledge of the possibility that I might get the maximum time when I put this on YouTube,” he said. “I knew it would be admissible in court and that’s why I even stated in the video I was well aware of what I was doing just so I couldn’t go back on it. I just put it out there because that message is more important than what time I serve.”
This situation is unique in the sense that most people do not voluntarily turn themselves in for drunk driving crimes they commit. However, in the event that there is a warrant out for your arrest in Michigan, you should seek legal advice about the best way to go about turning yourself into the police. It is usually best to turn yourself in rather than wait to be arrested and taken into custody.
If you do decide to turn yourself in, you will be booked and an arraignment will be held. You may be able to post bail or be released on your own recognizance depending on the outcome of your arraignment. You can either request a court appointed attorney to represent you or hire a private criminal defense drunk driving attorney.
Do not ignore the warrant. It will not go away without court action . Depending on how old the warrant is, there is the possibility that the prosecutor may not pursue the case due to the lack and/or quality of evidence they have against you. However, many prosecutors will still pursue the charges.
Contact Ypsilanti drunk driving attorney Stacey Washington to discuss your DUI warrant. She can provide you with quality legal advice about what steps you should take to resolve your particular situation. Call 734-274-6567 to schedule a consultation.