Michigan resident Charles James Cahill Jr., was recently charged with second degree murder after rear-ending a car which fatally injured a 12-year-old girl, Victoria Mack.
Cahill was allegedly 3 times over the legal limit at the time the crash occurred. He was arrested at the scene of the crime and is currently being held on $1 million bail. In addition to being charged with second degree murder, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has also charged Cahill with operating a motor vehicle with a high alcohol content causing death, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, and habitual offender charges.
Cahill has 12 prior drunk driving convictions. He has been convicted of operating while intoxicated in Wayne County Circuit Court 6 times since 1993. His driver’s license has been revoked 24 times over the past twenty years and suspended 17 times since 1986. If convicted of second degree murder, Cahill could potentially serve up to life in prison.
Michigan Penal Code section 750.317 defines second degree murder as all other types of murder that are not classified as first degree murder. Any murder that is not premeditated, committed against a police officer, or in the commission of another serious felony offense (example – carjacking), is classified as second degree murder.
Second degree murder-All other kinds of murder shall be murder of the second degree, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life, or any term of years, in the discretion of the court trying the same.
Cahill is expected to return to court on August 24, 2016 for a preliminary examination.
Repeat drunk driving offenders often suffer from alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, if a person is unable to obtain professional treatment, he/she will likely be involved in a subsequent drunk driving offense. If you or a loved one suffers from alcoholism, I strongly encourage you to obtain professional treatment. There are several facilities throughout the Washtenaw County area that provide people with tools to overcome their alcohol addiction. Do not delay in seeking help.
I invite you to contact my law office if you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving in the Washtenaw County area. I may be able to have the charge asserted against you reduced or completely dismissed.