Facing a criminal charge can be scary for the accused individual, no matter what the situation. However, the potential consequences for some criminal charges are more severe than others and theses serious penalties can have a lasting negative impact on the life of the defendant. When that defendant is a young college student, it may impact their entire livelihood for the rest of their life.
Unfortunately a young South Carolina college student has landed in a similar position. He is facing felony DUI charges following a recent accident that resulted in the death of two motorcyclists. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the 21-year-old was traveling north down the highway at approximately 7:00 in the evening. His vehicle allegedly crossed the center line and struck two motorcycles head on.
The two motorcyclists suffered fatal injuries as a result of the accident. The coroner stated that the cause of death in both cases was blunt force trauma. The 21-year-old driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. His passenger was not harmed.
The driver was charged with two counts of felony driving while intoxicated. He was arrested and is being held on bond of $15,000 per felony DUI charge. He has also been charged with driving while under suspension.
In situations like this, it is always helpful for the accused individual to obtain assistance from an experienced felony DUI defense attorney. Although this may seem like a difficult case to defend, there are attorneys in South Carolina that want to help defendants that are in these situations. Everyone deserves representation and an attorney will help the defendant argue their case against prosecutors and ensure that the rights to which they are entitled, are upheld.
Source: The Times and Democrat, “College student charged with felony DUI after two motorcyclists killed in crash,” Gene Zaleski, Sep. 4, 2013