According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, a man reportedly slammed his pick-up truck into a residence approximately two miles from his house. On Dec. 22 at around 5:50 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a hit-and-run crash in the 2200 block of Kempton Park Circle.
No injuries were reported in relation to the incident; however, a light-duty, silver pickup truck left the road and hit the residence, causing damage to the chimney, shrubs, and bushes, according to a sheriff’s office representative. A pickup truck matching the description of the truck that struck the house was discovered by deputies on Bright Oaks Drive. Deputies say that the truck had significant damage to the front end, and a man was passed out behind the wheel. The man was charged with disorderly conduct, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, resisting arrest and other charges connected with the hit-and-run.
The man in this story is facing several charges, some of which are serious and may result in severe penalties if he is convicted. Potential penalties may include prison time, financial restitution, community service and probation. In addition, a criminal record may present obstacles to employment, housing, and other opportunities.
In order to minimize the potential impact of DUI charges, it may help to have a solid defense strategy, for which a Maryland criminal defense lawyer may be instrumental. One approach may be to take the case before a jury at trial. The lawyer may suggest going to trial if there are issues with either the evidence or the conduct of law enforcement. These issues may be addressed in court and might result in the dismissal of the case.
Another approach might be a plea bargain. This option may be preferable in situations where the evidence is strong or the defendant does not wish to go to trial. The deal may include reduced penalties in exchange for either a no contest or guilty plea from the defendant.