In February of last year, three men were traveling north on Route 13 when the vehicle they were riding in collided with a tow truck. All three men were injured, but unfortunately, one of them died a few days later. A jury recently convicted the Maryland man who was driving the vehicle that night of vehicular homicide (DUI per se) and other charges relating to the fact that he was impaired the night of the crash.
On the night in question, law enforcement officials tested the driver's blood alcohol content. The results showed that he had a BAC of .19, which is over twice Maryland's legal limit. Prosecutors disclosed that the man was convicted of DUI twice before, in 1993 and again in 2000.
Not only was this man convicted regarding the DUI-related death of his passenger, but also for negligent driving, DUI per se and traffic offenses. Reportedly, his sentencing hearing will be scheduled for some time around 30 days from the date of his conviction. He could face significant time in prison, along with other penalties and fines.
Now that this man has been convicted of crimes, including vehicular homicide, he and his criminal defense team will begin preparing for his sentencing hearing. To that end, preparations will be made to present any mitigating circumstances in order to argue for a lesser sentence. Secondly, the trial record will be reviewed in order to determine whether any legal options exist for an appeal. Just because a client has been convicted of a crime does not mean the work of the criminal defense team stops.
Source: wboc.com, "Wicomico County Man Convicted in Deadly DUI Crash", Rachel Rea, May 22, 2014