A man arrested after a fatal crash New Year’s Day in 2013, which killed one passenger and seriously injured two others, was found guilty Tuesday of multiple charges.
The 23-year-old man was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and two counts of driving under the influence with serious bodily injury.
The man was driving down Beach Boulevard with three other people in the vehicle after leaving a New Year’s Eve party when he lost control of the vehicle while attempting to make a right turn.
He struck a metal pole, which fatally injured a 20-year-old passenger. The other two passengers suffered serious injuries, but recovered. The investigation revealed that the man was intoxicated, with a blood alcohol level of .178.
He faces up to 25 years in prison. He will be sentenced the week of Oct. 31.
No matter what the situation, a car accident that results in a death is always a tragedy. Adding a DUI charge to this just makes the situation that much worse. Knowing what to do after you have been charged with DUI manslaughter can be confusing if you do not seek the legal help you need. It is crucial that you understand the charges you are up against, the potential consequences, and your viable defenses.
Although a DUI Manslaughter conviction can result in severe penalties, please know that there are ways to defend your rights. Understanding your possible defense options is very important. If you or a loved one is facing a DUI Manslaughter charge in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, you need to consult with a Duval County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible. As former prosecutors, we have experience in both the prosecution and defense of DUI Manslaughter charges. We will work tirelessly to defend your rights.
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