Connecticut residents can face some tough penalties if they are convicted of drunk driving. From fines to the loss of driving privileges to fines, the impact can be great. Being required to use an ignition interlock device may also result. There is also the potential of having a criminal record. When a person charged with drunk driving is also accused of being involved in a serious accident, the consequences can get even more dire.
Such is the case for one man in Vermont today. On a Saturday night along a stretch of Interstate 89, the 36-year-old defendant is accused of having been driving on the wrong side of the road and running into a vehicle carrying five high school students. He is then alleged to have gotten into a police car and kept driving, hitting another seven vehicles along the way. It is not known if the other crashes happened on the freeway or on other roadways.
The defendant was in the hospital in critical condition but is now improving. He has been served not only with a warrant for his arrest but has been charged with five counts of first degree murder for the deaths of the five teenagers. Each count has a potential sentence of 20 years to life in prison.
At times like these, the future can look very bleak for a defendant. This is when it may be most helpful to talk with an attorney to understand the defense process.
Source: CT Post, "Man charged with murder in traffic crash that killed 5 teens," Lisa Rathke, Oct. 13, 2016