Businessman in jail
Troy, OH- An Ohio man was given the maximum penalty for a 2014 drunken driving crash that left a teenager dead last summer.
After pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving charges, a judge sentenced the Akron man to a five years in jail for the July 2014 accident. In addition to the jail time, 40-year-old David Brown will lose his driver’s license for life and must pay $1,000 in fines and penalties.
According to Ohio.com, Brown was driving along Interstate 77 in the Bath Township when he rear-ended a car carrying teenaged passengers. Upon impact, 18-year-old Andrew Moncheck was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. He died in the hospital a few days later.
Two other teens in the car Brown struck suffered only minor injuries, Ohio.com reported.
Accidents like the one that killed Moncheck are the very reason why drunk driving laws and penalties in Ohio are getting tougher.
Brown had a history of DUI arrests in his past and some of those arrests involved accidents. He expressed remorse, apologizing to Moncheck’s parents during his sentencing trial, according to Ohio.com.
Brown’s troubling driving history is likely the reason he was given the maximum. It also points to a person who has a substance abuse problem and would benefit from a sentence that addresses that problem.
A DUI involving an injurious accident can be a troubling time for both parties involved. The victims face hospital stays, medical visits and pain. The drunk driver is facing serious legal charges that could land them in jail.
DUI offenders face some daunting statistics, nearly half of them will repeat their offense at least once and many will drive drunk again and again which, one day, could have tragic consequences. For this reason, people need to retain an Ohio DUI attorney to help them with their charges and assist them with the tough decisions they must make about their plea and their defense. There are programs available to DUI offenders who would better benefit from a substance abuse program, and options for those who just made a big mistake.
Contrary to what you may have been told or believe, DUI is not a minor offense that can be resolved without legal help. Drunken drivers, whether it is their first offense, or a subsequent offense, are aggressively prosecuted and risk losing some of their personal freedoms, put their jobs and careers in jeopardy, and mar their record. Conviction is costly often adding up to several thousand dollars. If you are facing a DUI in Troy, you need a defense as equally aggressive as the prosecution. That is exactly what the Ohio DUI attorneys at USAttorneys have to offer their clients and will strive to minimize the possible consequences.
If you have been charged with a DUI, whether it was a simple arrest or involves an accident, you need to speak with an attorney immediately. They will examine the facts of your case and determine and begin tackling your defense.