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Fatal DUI accident puts SC man in prison for 15 years

Car accidents happen every day. Sometimes collisions involve parties who have consumed alcohol. An accident that results in a DUI charge for one of the parties involved can be a scary situation. When the accident involves a drunk driver and a fatality, the consequences can become even more severe.

A fatal DUI accident that occurred last fall has left a South Carolina man facing a 15-year prison sentence. According to authorities, the man was driving down the road at high speeds before his car crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle with four people in it. Three of the people were killed in the accident.

Toxicology testing revealed that the man had a high blood-alcohol content and was also under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash. After pleading guilty to three counts of felony DUI, the man was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this month.

After being involved in a tragic accident, a driver who faces charges may feel hopeless.

Although a felony DUI cases involving fatalities are not easy to defend, it is important for the accused person to ensure he or she protects his or her rights.

In the aftermath of a fatal DUI accident, criminal defense attorneys can ensure that the defendant's rights were protected from the time of arrest throughout the proceedings. It will also be important to go over all of the evidence and present the defendant with all of his or her options before deciding whether to arrange a plea agreement or head to trial.

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle, "Ridgeland man gets 15 years in fatal DUI," Sept. 6, 2012

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