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Driver sentenced in DUI-related death of passenger last year

At the end of August last year, numerous calls were made to a local 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center regarding an SUV crash that occurred around 5:30 a.m. A passenger in the SUV was killed. When Maryland police located the SUV, the driver was arrested in connection with the DUI-related death of the passenger.

The driver ultimately pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, and a judge recently sentenced him to prison for approximately three years. Apparently, the man lost control of the SUV, causing it to flip. The passenger was thrown out of the SUV during the crash and suffered fatal injuries.

Reports say the driver failed to remain at the scene. The wrecked SUV and driver were found some four miles from where the passenger's body ended up. At first, the driver told police that the woman got out of the SUV on her own. When his blood alcohol content was tested at a hospital after the crash, it was .10, which is higher than the legal limit in Maryland, which is .08.

When potential evidence is reviewed while preparing a criminal defense, it sometimes becomes clear that the best course of action may be to negotiate a plea agreement rather than going to trial. This decision may depend on an analysis of many factors, not the least of which is the evidence that prosecutors intend to produce at trial. Nevertheless, most defense counsel will continue to challenge the accusations while also exploring the possibility of negotiating a plea agreement. In that manner, the accused individual is in the best position to determine how to proceed with a criminal defense. In this case, the possible penalties facing the man accused of this DUI-related death may well have been more severe than the sentence he received through his plea bargain.

Source: wbaltv.com, "Man sentenced for DUI crash that killed passenger", Katie Lange, April 23, 2014

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