Being arrested and put behind bars following an accident allegedly involving
drunken driving may understandably be terrifying. A person may feel upset,
distraught and panicked about what his or her fate in the Pennsylvania
criminal justice system is. One man is currently facing this scenario
following a fatal accident allegedly involving DUI.
The accident took place on a recent Saturday evening. According to police,
the man, said to be 56, was operating a pickup truck. He reportedly pulled
into the path of a motorcyclist who was apparently 23 years old.
The motorcyclist ran into the truck's passenger side and ended up flying
off of the motorcycle. As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist
died. The pickup driver was charged with drunken driving as well as other
charges after allegedly causing this collision.
A DUI accident leading to injury or death to another person may be classified
as a felony instead of a misdemeanor. A conviction may lead to serious
consequences, such as prison time; this is why it is required that prosecutors
prove such DUI charges beyond a reasonable doubt before a defendant can
be convicted. The criminal defense may wish to focus primarily on the
evidence that will be presented in court in an effort to prove the man's
guilt; the defense, for example, may wish to question the accuracy of
any blood alcohol test administered at the scene of the accident. The
criminal defense also will ensure that the accused person's rights
aren't violated at any stage of the criminal justice proceeding in
Source: abc27.com, "Pickup driver facing DUI in motorcyclist's death", Nov. 10, 2014