Driving while under the influence of alcohol or any other drug can lead to some very serious charges against the driver. However, killing someone while DUI, can lead to even more serious charges which include half a century of prison time.
On December 5, 2018 a 36-year-old man who was driving under the influence of alcohol was arrested after he hit a 14-year-old boy and caused his death. He made a right turn in his Nissan Maxima at 5:30 pm while going 20mph above the speed limit. He crashed into the teen and immediately fled from the scene of the crime without stopping to check and make sure everything was ok.
The man, Jeffrey Eggeling, will be facing up to 50 years in prison once the charges of vehicular homicide go through with the court. The boy was immediately taken to the hospital only to find that he had died with severe injuries to his head, neck, and abdomen due to the impact of the blow.
The reason why Eggeling will be faced with such a long sentence in prison is because, not only did he cause the death of a teen, but he actually had prior convictions of DUI on his criminal record already. Apart from being charged with vehicular homicide, and DUI, he will further be charged for leaving the scene of the accident without contacting police officers.
He is being held on $750,000 bail and will most likely have to complete his entire sentence in a prison setting.
What should I do if I get into a DUI accident?
Anyone who gets into a DUI accident should immediately get in touch with a DUI lawyer in Omaha, Nebraska to ensure they are not faced with excessive charges unjustly. If a person is a first-time offender and if their BAC level was not that high they may even be able to have their case dissolved and overlooked during their preliminary hearing.
An attorney can help gather evidence and educate a person on how they should behave and what they should say during their preliminary hearing in order to increase the chances of having their case overlooked. If a case does escalate and moves onto a full court trial, an attorney can take the information they obtained from the other party during the preliminary hearing to put together a stronger case and in turn, increase the chances of a person getting off the hook without too many penalties on their shoulders.
A regular DUI conviction can already lead a person to get into a lot of trouble with the law. If a person gets into a serious accident and harms others on top of being intoxicated it can be very difficult for them to have their penalties lightened in any way. A lawyer who is well educated and experienced with the laws regarding drunk driving can figure out what forms of evidence a person should present in order to reduce the charges they are being faced with.