Las Vegas, NV- A Las Vegas Man is facing some serious charges after he allegedly drunkenly collided with a motorcyclist in North Las Vegas.

CBS Las Vegas reports that on Saturday 50-year-old Troy Marez made a left turn into the path of a motorcyclist and then fled the scene. Some witness were able to point police in his direction and apprehended him in a nearby neighborhood, CBS reported.

Marez, who was not injured on the crash, was charged with DUI causing death, leaving the scene of the accident and failure to yield, according to CBS.

The motorcyclist, a 26-year-old man was rushed to the hospital, but died later.

The penalties accompanying a fatal DUI accident can be severe often entailing long jail terms.Take for instance the recent sentence of a man accused of being drunk when he caused an accident that took the life of a 75 year-old man. Joseph Richard Baird, 54, was making a left turn when he traveled in the path of a motorcyclist, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The Las-Vegas Review Journal reports that Baird, was sentenced to 7 years in jail after he was found guilty of driving under the influence and manslaughter. Reports indicate that his blood alcohol concentration was two times the legal limit a few hours after the accident.

Blood alcohol concentration and other evidence can be damning if you are charged with a DUI. You need someone on your side who can challenge all the evidence presented against you and present a convincing defense on your behalf. USAttorneys’ team of Las Vegas DUI attorneys will use their skills and experience to providing you with the strongest possible defense.

Accidents like this are the reason why so many states continue to call for tougher penalties for intoxicated drivers. A first carries a minimum of 2 days in jail to six months, 90-day suspension of your driver’s license and the possibility that you may have to install an ignition interlock device in your car.

Given the possible jail time DUI offenders are facing if they are convicted, it’s crucial that anyone charged with a DUI get legal representation. A DUI conviction will affect more than one aspect of your life. Such conviction could result in you losing your driver’s license, it could endanger your job and you will be left with a criminal record. In Nevada, a DUI conviction will be on your criminal and driving record for a minimum of 7 years. What’s more a DUI conviction will cost you nearly ten grand over time and cause your insurance rates to skyrocket.

There is more at stake if you are convicted of a DUI than you realize. Don’t be foolish to think you can beat a DUI without a defense attorney on your side. With a strong DUI defense lawyer you may be able to avoid conviction and if that isn’t possible, having an attorney is your best chance of securing a plea bargain.