When a person is injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, the focus is typically on the victim's suffering and rightly so -- especially if the accident occurred due to another party's alleged negligence. Few people sympathize with the defendant in the case, which is completely understandable. However, perhaps it is time for New York and the rest of the nation to understand that the person accused of harming another person also suffers.
When you drive, you must ensure that you are doing so in a safe manner. That is close to impossible if you have been consuming alcohol. If you are involved in an accident and it is determined that you were intoxicated, you can face criminal charges. In some cases, a drunk driving charge might not be the only charge you face. Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault are also possible if someone was injured or killed in the accident.
When a drunk driving charge includes an accident, there is a chance that you will face more than just a simple drunk driving charge. In fact, you might face a vehicular assault or vehicular homicide if someone was injured or died because of the accident. We know that facing those serious charges might be alarming, but it is imperative that you don't try to ignore them. Instead, you should get started on learning about the charges and defense options that you might be able to use.
When a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking, there is a chance that he or she will end up facing criminal charges for drinking and driving. In some cases, those charges will come from a law enforcement officer initiating a traffic stop. In other cases, the charges will come from an accident that the drunk driver was involved in.
In our last blog post, we discussed how DUI charges can lead to other criminal charges. One example of this would be if someone dies in a drunk driving accident. The alleged drunk driver could face charges for involuntary manslaughter. If you are facing this type of charge, you should make sure that you understand exactly what the charge means.
Drunk driving charges are serious enough on their own, but the situation can get even more serious if you are facing other charges on top of the drunk driving charges. This can occur if you were involved in an accident that killed or injured another person. In that case, you might be facing vehicular homicide or vehicular assault charges.
Some vehicular assault cases arise when a driver gets angry and uses the car as a weapon, perhaps in a sudden case of road rage. However, according to a report done by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, some vehicular assaults have been far more intentional and planned out in advance, as the drivers have used them as a means to kidnap their victims.
On Aug. 30, 2015, a prominent real estate developer from Manhattan, New York, and a real estate broker from Sag Harbor, were involved in a one-vehicle car accident.
Driving drunk can lead to a host of problems. Sadly, the problems can sometimes reach far beyond drunk driving charges. If you were involved in an accident that injured someone or claimed someone's life, you might face vehicular assault or homicide charges. These charges can come with some very serious penalties. We can help you learn about the options you have for fighting the charges.
Last week, we discussed new technology that is showing promise as an alternative to ignition interlock devices for people who are convicted of drunk driving charges. In that blog post, we discussed how some people find the ignition interlock device intrusive. We know that the thought of an ignition interlock device or a drunk driving conviction are certainly not something you want to entertain.