A drunk driving charge is serious. When an alleged drunk driving incident results in an accident with serious injuries to someone else, the charges are even more severe. A Maryland woman who was recently sentenced in a drunk driving case knows this all too well.
The defendant was accused of driving drunk and striking two pedestrians with her car last September. According to the police and prosecutors, the woman consumed three drinks at a bar in Adams Morgan before getting behind the wheel of her grandmother’s Dodge Caliber and traveling down 18th Street.
Authorities believe as she neared Florida Avenue, she was unable to properly negotiate a turn and accidentally ran over two pedestrians who were standing on a traffic island. One of the pedestrians, a 26-year-old exchange student from Austria, was seriously hurt in the accident. She was taken to the Washington Hospital Center, where she remained on life support for six days. Ultimately, she died from her wounds.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges against her. In court, she expressed her sorrow for the pain she caused. The judge sentenced her to 72 months in prison. However, part of the sentence was suspended, so the defendant will only spend 40 months in prison. After her release, she will need to perform 500 hours of community service.
In Austria, the penalty for involuntary manslaughter is one to three years. Here, the maximum penalty is much higher. This particular defendant ended up with a significantly lighter sentence, as she will only need to serve just over three years behind bars.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving for the first time, or for the third or fourth time, you need to speak with a Baltimore, MD DUI lawyer to protect your legal rights.