Driving while intoxicated can result in serious penalties, even for people who are facing a first offense. When drunk driving charges involve previous convictions or crashes that cause fatalities, the repercussions can be significantly higher for Missouri residents. It is important to understand the grave consequences of driving drunk before charges occur.
The Kansas City Star reported on a November 2017 accident in Jackson County that culminated in the deaths of a married couple. According to witnesses, a man was driving at excess speeds the wrong way on Interstate 49 when he struck another vehicle head-on. The occupants of the other car were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, who had one prior DWI conviction and was driving with a suspended license, pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while intoxicated causing death to another, as well as one count of driving while suspended. He recently received a 26-year prison sentence.
While tragic, this incident can serve as a warning to others who have previously been accused of drinking and driving or to those who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, assuming nothing bad will happen. Nobody would like to be held responsible for causing the serious injury or death of someone else, and nobody wants to receive a sentence that can impact the rest of their lives. At the same time, it is important to know that those who have been charged with a serious crime have the right to be treated fairly and competently in court.