Being accused of a drunk driving offense may negatively affect individual's reputation. Penalties related to a DUI accident, such as vehicular homicide, could include life in prison, hefty fines and a permanent criminal record. Recently, a Seattle man has been accused of drunk driving resulting in the death of two individuals and serious injuries of another two individuals.
Police say a Seattle man has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault and reckless driving. According to police, the Seattle man had a blood level content of 0.22 when he hit a couple, their daughter-in-law and their grandson as they attempted to cross a street. The couple was killed and their daughter-in-law and grandson were critically injured as a result of the crash. Police say that the Seattle man has previously been convicted of drunk driving offenses. According to police, at the time of the incident, the Seattle man was driving without a driver's license and without an ignition interlock system. According to reports, he faces nearly 20 years in prison.
While a DUI offense often involves being under the influence of alcohol, it could also involve driving under the influence of drugs. In determining how serious a drunk driving offense is, a court may consider whether the defendant has been previously convicted of drunk driving offenses and whether a person has been killed or injured in a car accident involving driving under the influence.
Being accused of a drunk driving offense should not be taken lightly; the penalties associated with a DUI can change a person's life forever. It is important to remember that every defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and that defenses are available for DUI charges.
Source: MYNORTHWEST.COM, "Seattle man charged in crash that left 2 dead, 2 critically injured," March 28, 2013