When a person is accused of driving under the influence, he or she may
choose to go to trial to fight the charges or may instead decide to enter
into a plea deal with prosecutors, if available. In two recent Pennsylvania
cases, two people were involved in separate alcohol-related collisions.
Both accused individuals have pleaded guilty to their DUI charges.
In the first case, an intoxicated man caused a vehicle collision that ended
up killing a 12-year-old boy as the boy was on his way to get ice cream
with his father. In the second case, police said a good Samaritan stopped
to assist another driver with changing a tire that had gone flat when
he was struck by a drunk driver and died. According to police, the woman
driving was texting, in addition to having used drugs and alcohol.
Both defendants pleaded guilty to charges that included DUI, as well as
aggravated assault via vehicle while driving under the influence. They
also pleaded guilty to homicide via vehicle while driving under the influence.
The last of the charges carries a required sentence of a minimum of three
years behind prison bars.
A sentence has been agreed upon in the first defendant's case, and
he will spend between five and 12 years in prison. Meanwhile, no agreement
has been reached regarding a sentence for the second defendant. She faces
up to a total of 80 years behind bars. The benefit of entering a plea
deal is that a person facing DUI charges or other serious criminal charges
may receive a lighter sentence. It is within the rights of a person accused
of a crime to fight for his or her best interests in the Pennsylvania
criminal justice system.
Source: pahomepage.com, "Guilty Pleas in Two Deadly DUI Crashes", March 2, 2015