A Utah man is facing nine separate counts of DUI along with one count of automobile homicide for his role in allegedly causing a multi-car accident.
Excessive Speeds and Alcohol Believed to Be Responsible for Automobile Homicide
The man is suspected of being responsible for driving a car that hit another car at a speed believed to be around 60 mph. Inside that vehicle was a toddler who died as a result of the accident.
Several other cars were also involved; police say a total of nine people received injuries from the allegedly drunk man’s hitting of the first car.
One of Several Forms of Criminal Homicide
Automobile homicide, one form of criminal homicide, is a third degree felony if the person responsible operates his vehicle in a negligent manner while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is a second degree felony if the person is considered criminally negligent while committing the DUI.
A person can be charged with anywhere from a class B misdemeanor to a third degree felony for committing DUI; the charge depends on the circumstances of the incident as well as any prior convictions for DUI.
If you’re found guilty of committing a third degree felony, you can expect to serve up to five years in prison–for each conviction. A class A misdemeanor can carry up to a one year jail sentence and a class B misdemeanor can send you to the slammer for up to six months.
Let Your Utah Criminal Defense Attorney Lead the Way
The best way to deal with any criminal charge is to let your experienced Utah criminal defense attorney handle the situation on your behalf. Don’t talk to police or admit anything without first conferring with your attorney.
Do yourself a favor and make the right call today. It could be the best move you’ll ever make.