It is easy to make assumptions. For example, it is easy for authorities to assume that an accident that happened at a certain time of the day under specific circumstances is the result of drunk driving. However, more than assumptions are needed to prove that someone is guilty of a drunk driving charge. One man in Maryland will be mounting a criminal defense after an accident resulted in drunk driving charges against him.
The accident occurred at night in August. According to police reports, a 30-year-old driver slammed into a utility pole. The accident caused a temporary power outage in the area.
The driver of the vehicle was thrown from the car upon impact. Two passengers in the car, one 27-year-old and one yet to be identified, were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The driver is listed in critical condition, but the current condition of the two passengers is currently unknown.
While the investigation into the accident is ongoing and more information will likely continue to come to light, it is already known that the driver will have to fight a drunk driving charge. Police have not released any information regarding what evidence supports the charges of drunk driving against the Maryland man or what his blood alcohol level was. As in all cases, prosecutors will have to convince a jury of the man's guilt, and the man is considered innocent until proved otherwise. While drunk driving is dangerous and could end in tragedy, it is equally tragic to wrongfully prosecute an innocent man and vital that authorities confirm that such charges are warranted.
Source: Herald Mail, Three injured, one critically, in Downsville Pike crash; driver charged with DUI, No author, Aug. 22, 2013