The right to defend against criminal charges is a potentially potent right all parties accused of a crime enjoy. A man was recently arrested in a neighboring town on DUI charges. The man was allegedly doing "donuts" in his vehicle near a local mall when he drove away and allegedly struck a car driven by a woman who was seriously injured. The man also allegedly barely missed a police car before striking the woman's car. The 54-year old woman was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition. The 22-year alleged drunk driver was arrested for assault, attempt to elude by vehicle, DUI, and five counts of reckless endangerment. The accident remains under investigation by authorities.
DUI charges can lead to both criminal penalties and administrative penalties such as license suspension or revocation. Criminal penalties can include a jail sentence and possible fines. In addition, an ignition interlock device can also be required of a party facing a conviction for DUI. An otherwise average individual facing a DUI offense can also end up with a criminal record.