Prosecutors are often relentless when they charge a person for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. DUI accusations can result in many sleepless nights for individuals who are worried about potential fines, suspension of their drivers’ licenses and even potential jail time. However, blood tests and field sobriety tests are not foolproof, and thus not all charges result in convictions. A recent incident in Illinois resulted in a teenage driver facing serious criminal allegations.
A 19-year-old female faces serious charges as a result of a fatal collision where she was allegedly found to have alcohol and drugs in her system while operating her motor vehicle. The teenage passenger in the vehicle succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the nearby hospital. The passenger’s death is claimed to be a result of the injuries she suffered after the defendant crashed into a semitrailer.
The prosecution filed charges almost five months after the incident due to the lengthy process of collecting all the evidence needed for trial. The defendant has been formally accused of reckless homicide and three counts of aggravated driving while under the influence resulting in another’s death. If convicted, she could face up to 14 years in prison.
Those in Illinois who may be facing DUI charges may feel as if they are facing an uphill fight. The best outcome possible is often achieved by retaining legal counsel when facing the court system. The prosecution’s proposed evidence can be thoroughly examined by an experienced lawyer who can determine the best possible defense for those facing these challenging circumstances.
Source: pontiacdailyleader.com, “Driver facing charges in fatal accident“, Paul Westermeyer, Feb. 3, 2018