A 26-year-old Chicago was charged Jan. 13 with DUI after allegedly causing a car crash that led to the deaths of two women. The accident occurred on Jan. 12 at about 3:45 a.m. when a van was allegedly stalled in the center lane of I-290 eastbound, also known as the Eisenhower Expy. A 2012 Dodge Durango SUV rear-ended it, killing both the driver and passenger of the van.
The Durango driver and his 25-year-old female passenger were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver’s charges included two counts of aggravated drunk driving resulting in death, two counts of driving under the influence of drugs resulting in death, and two counts of leaving the scene after a fatal crash.
While it is unclear whether he plans on fighting these charges in court, there are a number of defense strategies that a lawyer may advise him to take. The first may be to contest the police actions taken at the scene of the crime. If the results of any sobriety tests could be called into question, a lawyer may use this information in court. A vehicle stalled in the center lane isn’t a common occurrence, and if a person is tired and driving late at night, the vehicular accident could be a tragic incident and not an act of negligence on the driver’s part.
The second strategy would be to call police protocol into question. Did the police violate any of his rights or behave otherwise out of standard protocol? If so, the charges may not be valid.
A third strategy would be to advise the defendant to plead guilty to some but not all of the charges. This could possibly reduce the sentence to probation and fines but keep the defendant out of jail. Every case is different, and a drunk driving defense lawyer works on behalf of the defendant to put up a vigorous defense no matter what the prosecutor’s story is.