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Maryland man to get prison time for fatal DWI accident

A Maryland man is headed to prison for a motorcycle accident that occurred in 2012. The man pleaded guilty to a felony -- leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death -- as well as a misdemeanor, driving while intoxicated causing death. He initially faced charges of felony DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, which would have resulted in even more serious penalties. The court sentenced the motorcyclist to one to five years in prison.

The 47-year-old driver and his passenger were riding on a motorcycle when they ran off the road, crashing into a utility pole and parked pickup. The passenger was thrown from the bike, hit the pole and died. The driver left the scene. The police located him about 100 yards away from the accident. His blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.137 percent.

A decorated Army ranger for 21 years and now a recruiter for the armed forces, the man had no previous record, making the court's decision to sentence him not an automatic. However, ultimately the judge chose to balance the good the man had accomplished with the seriousness of the crimes he pleaded guilty to.

It is crucial for people who are facing serious charges such as felony drunk driving to make sure they have an attorney who understands the serious nature of those charges and who will offer an appropriate defense. Felony DUI charges -- whether or not they are accompanied by vehicular homicide charges -- can have a lifetime of repercussions.

Source: The Journal, "Man pleads guilty to causing fatal DUI accident," Edward Marshall, May 3, 2013

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