No one is immune to making mistakes. Training or education are great things, but even the smartest or most prepared of us make slips now and then. Sometimes, these mistakes cause legal trouble. Even those prepared to plead guilty need a good attorney to safeguard their rights, so they can recover and learn from these mistakes.
A former Pennsylvania state trooper is likely to be jailed for at least six months for his involvement in a deadly crash on the Turnpike near Plymouth Meeting some years ago. He was off-duty and intoxicated at the time of the accident.
The former trooper pleaded guilty to his charges — DUI and involuntary manslaughter — and received a sentence of almost two years in jail. The 42-year-old man was found to have more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood after his car collided with another driven by a 21-year-old woman. Her car exploded, ending her life.
The defense attorney is fine with the result of the trial. Under the circumstances, he believes the conviction was the best result possible.
The prosecution had problems due to the victim’s car’s difficulties, like a faulty engine which caused the vehicle to move more slowly and a defective gas tank. According to police, the former trooper had been drinking at a charity event designed to raise money for a scholarship named after a woman who had been killed by a drunk driver.
DUI charges, whether justified or not, are a traumatic experience. If you are under such charges, you’re going to need the best possible defense. Call Steven E. Kellis for a free consultation, and we’ll see what we can do to resolve your case in a just manner.