A recent hit-and-run accident resulted in criminal charges for a Tennessee driver. The man was arrested on charges of drunk driving and vehicular assault after he struck two pedestrians with his car and then fled the scene of the accident. According to reports, the two people struck by the vehicle were in critical condition and were taken to the hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Law enforcement found the driver in his vehicle a few blocks away from the scene of the accident. He was then arrested and taken to jail. This is the driver's third drunk driving offense, and he has also been charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of vehicular assault. He is scheduled to appear in court in January, but in the meantime, he would be wise to work with a defense attorney in order to understand the legal options available to him.
Despite his criminal record, this individual is not precluded from mounting a drunk driving defense in order to mitigate the penalties that he is facing. Tennessee drivers who are charged with DUI face potential jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges and other consequences. By contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest, a person can understand the defense options available.
Vehicular assault and drunk driving charges are quite serious, and it is critical to confront these charges appropriately. An experienced defense lawyer can evaluate the case, identify defense options and work to ensure that a client's rights are protected. The first step in this process is a complete evaluation of the case by a legal professional.
Source: tennessean.com, "Hendersonville man charged with hit and run, DUI", Jordan Buie, Oct. 16, 2016