Drunk driving charges can result in very serious penalties for those found
guilty. A recent drunk driving conviction in Indiana highlights the consequences
individuals can face.
The high-profile DUI case involving a former Indianapolis police officer
has ended after a judge sentenced the man to 13 years in prison and three
years of probation. The defendant was convicted of
drunk driving that resulted in a fatal car accident a few years ago.
An Indiana jury previously found the defendant guilty of all nine counts
he was facing, including the felony charge of DUI causing death. He could
have been sentenced up to 29 years in prison but received 13 years in
prison and three years of probation after the fatal crash. A part of the
suspended three years includes a provision that the defendant will undergo
drug and alcohol treatment and a psychological assessment.
The charges came after the former officer crashed into a group of motorcyclists
back in 2010. The accident killed one person and seriously injured two
other people. During the trial, prosecutors said he was intoxicated and
driving recklessly. They said he was speeding over 70 miles per hour right
before the accident happened. Prosecutors also cited the man's blood
work after the crash that showed he had a 0.19 blood-alcohol content.
The two blood samples were contested by the defense, who said the vials
were not handled properly during the investigation.
This case has impacted several people's lives, including the victims
of the crash, their families as well as the defendant and his family.
Being charged with a DUI can result in very serious consequences, especially
if a serious or fatal car accident happened. Individuals should be aware
of the penalties they may face if they are convicted of a DUI in Indiana
and take steps to protect their freedom.