There’s no denying the fact that car accidents continue to impose extensive physical, emotional and financial devastation of Pittsburgh residents. Although there are a number of reasons for these wrecks, including wrongdoing on a victim’s part, it oftentimes results in a driver facing criminal charges. Sometimes such charges are relatively minor, such as a traffic violation, but sometimes, the charges are much more serious.
This is the case for one 20-year-old Pittsburgh-area man. According to reports, the man was riding a motorcycle with a passenger when he struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian and the passenger were taken to the hospital with injuries. Reports indicate that the pedestrian had just picked up beer at a local business after finishing his shift as an Uber driver. One witness indicated that the motorcyclist was seen trying to leave the scene, but was later stopped by an undercover officer. He was subsequently taken to the hospital, where authorities claim his BAC was measured at .163 percent.
As a result of the accident and the BAC test results, this young man is facing serious criminal charges. If convicted of any of the offenses he is alleged to have committed, he could wind up incarcerated for a significant period of time and will likely also have to pay extensive fines and lose his license. Additionally, a drunk driving charge like this can cause serious damage to one’s reputation, and a conviction can linger on his or her criminal record for years or even decades to come.
With so much on the line, this young man and others who are similarly situated need to carefully consider their criminal defense options. By carefully analyzing the facts and the evidence, a defendant may be able to pinpoint prosecutorial weaknesses that are open for exploitation. This can give an individual leverage during plea bargaining, or it could serve as a powerful weapon during litigation. Either way, those facing serious criminal charges, including DUI, should think about discussing their case with a qualified legal professional.