Birmingham, AL- In 2007, Kelly Ann Miller was sentenced for a DUI accident that killed a trucker, but she never served one day of her sentence, instead she fled the country. But her time on the lam ended last week when authorities in Thailand apprehended her to finally face justice.
In 2004, around 1:00 a.m. truck driver Donald Goodwin pulled over along I-495 near Hoover to check his tires. As Goodwin was standing outside, Miller sideswiped his truck and stuck him, killing him instantly. She was arrested that night and posted bond, according to AL.com.
Two years later, authorities charged Miller with DUI and vehicular manslaughter. Her attorney requested she be given probation, a motion that was denied. After pleading guilty, Miller was sentenced to five years in jail, but she fled in 2009 before she served a day of her sentence.
Miller fled to Thailand where she has been living for the past several years. She got married and had a baby two months ago, but Thai police were on her trail. Last week, Thai police arrested Miller and will soon escort her back to Alabama where she will
Authorities have not said if Miller will face additional jail time for fleeing. It is possible she could face federal charges since was a fugitive, but that has yet to be determined.
Facing a DUI charge and the associated penalties can be daunting. There is the potential a convicted DUI offender will be sentenced to jail. They will also have to pay several hundred to thousands of dollars in fines, lose their driver’s license and forced to participate in a rehabilitation program at your expense. You could also be order to install an ignition interlock device in your car, also at your expense.
Few people realize that the penalties for driving under the influence go well beyond the criminal justice system and will spill over into your personal and professional life. In some cases, a DUI conviction can cost you your job or career, especially if you drive for a living.
Denial is your worst enemy if you have been charged with driving under the influence, and do nothing about your case will assure you have a DUI conviction on your record. Conviction is not inevitable if you have a defense attorney working on your case.
Birmingham DUI attorney Sid Hughes knows how to craft and assertive defense and will aggressively fight for your rights. He understands all that a variety of factors will play into your defense and will go the extra mile to convince the court you deserve to be exonerated or given a lenient sentence.
The consequences of a DUI being immediately, so as soon as you are able, you need to contact a Birmingham DUI attorney to begin working on your case. If you act quickly, you give your attorney the time they need to build a strong case on your behalf.
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