After an arrest for charges involving driving under the influence, Virginia residents no doubt will want to know what type of consequences they may experience if they are ultimately convicted. This is something that may vary quite a bit based upon the nature of a given case. For example, whether or not a crash happened or exactly what a driver’s blood alcohol content was at the time of the arrest may play into the final penalties.
One man in Virginia recently received a sentence that found some of his originally ordered jail time suspended. The incident actually took place at the end of 2015 in Accomack County. The defendant was driving a vehicle with some of his friends inside when the vehicle went into a ditch and crashed. Witnesses are said to have reported that the man was driving at high rates of speed and maneuvering unsafely prior to the wreck. One of the passengers was killed and the others were injured.
The defendant entered a plea of no-contest to charges of maiming and manslaughter for which he was sentenced to a combined 15 years in prison. He pled guilty to drunk driving for which he was sentenced an additional 30 days. However, a judge suspended some of the required incarceration time and instead the defendant will spend six years in custody.
Pursuing help from an attorney for a defense after a drunk driving crash may help people to learn about their options to reduce penalties or to understand the defense process.
Source: Delmarva Now, “Va. man gets 6 years in jail in DUI crash that killed friend,” Nancy Drury Duncan, May 12, 2017