In some cases, drunk driving can lead to a host of criminal charges that can far beyond only a DUI or DWI charges. One man was recently sentenced because of a DUI crash that killed a man in February. In March, the man pleaded guilty to a second-DUI charge, a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge and a felony DUI-related manslaughter charge.
The accident that led to these charges occurred when the man crashed his 2011 Chevrolet Silverado head-on into a 2007 Jeep Laredo. The accident claimed the life of the 78-year-old male passenger of the vehicle and sent the female driver to the hospital via Life Evac.
At the time of the accident, the man already had a DUI case pending from the end of 2014. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 85 of those were suspended, a one-year driver's license revocation, completion of an alcohol program and $250 in fines.
For the criminal charges that were related to the fatal accident, the man was just sentenced to 10 years in prison with 5 years suspended for the manslaughter charge. He was also sentenced to 12 months for the DUI and 6 months for the hit-and-run. He has a $1,000 fine and must complete 10 years on probation, a mental health evaluation and a substance abuse evaluation. He also has an indefinitely suspended driver's license.
This man opted to plead guilty to the charges against him. If you are facing criminal charges for drunk driving, you should explore all the options you have for your defense. In some cases, pleading guilty might be an option you choose to exercise.
Source: Daily Press, "Gloucester man to serve 6 1/2 years in deadly crash," Frances Hubbard, Nov. 17, 2015