In Michigan, the penalties for intoxicated driving are steep, even if it is a driver’s first offense. The potential consequences are especially serious for those convicted of a drunk driving accident that results in harm to someone else. This took place recently in LaPorte, and it resulted in one person suffering critical injuries and the driver facing felony charges.
The defendant was placed under arrest after a head-on collision with another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was ultimately airlifted from the scene because of the serious nature of the injuries. It is claimed that the defendant was also was also driving with a suspended license because of a previous violation. He is officially charged with operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, which is a felony offense.
The crash happened when the defendant left his lane in order to get around a vehicle that had stopped. He crashed directly into the oncoming vehicle. In addition to the driver who suffered critical injuries, there was a passenger in the second vehicle. He suffered upper body injuries and received treatment at the scene of the accident. Details regarding blood alcohol content levels, sobriety tests and related matters are not immediately clear.
Drunk driving charges involving an accident causing bodily harm are serious. The potential penalties are especially steep for this man due to apparently driving on a suspended license. There is a lot at stake, and the case against him seems strong, but he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. He has the right to a defense and to vigorously confront the accusations against him. With experienced counsel, it may be possible to mitigate some of the potential penalties he is up against and preserve his future interests.