When people are facing charges for driving drunk in Oregon, investigators should perform a full-length investigation to determine whether or not the accused has indeed participated in the behaviors that he or she was accused of. Depending on the severity of the accident and whether or not other people were involved, the consequences a person may be facing could vary significantly.
For one man in Bakersfield, California, his decision to drive while drunk resulted in the tragic deaths of a mother and her daughter. The original accident happened when both parties were traveling on Taft Highway. The man’s car slammed into the victims’ vehicle and the impact ultimately killed both of the occupants. Further investigations revealed that the man had previously faced other charges for driving drunk in the previous 15 years. There were two other DUI charges on his record, as well as one charge for being “wet reckless.” In all three charges, the man had been formally convicted.
Recently, the man received his sentence for his role in causing the fatal accident. A judge determined that he would serve two consecutive life sentences beginning immediately. The charges he was convicted of included two second degree murder charges and two vehicular manslaughter charges.
If people have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, an attorney may be able to help them organize their information as they prepare for trial. With reliable legal assistance, they may be more effective at minimizing the long-term consequences they will face in connection with the accident they caused.
Source: turnto23.com, “Man sentenced to two life sentences for crash that killed mother and daughter,” Jun. 25, 2019