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DUI charge filed following fatal Virginia crash

A car accident can happen at any time of day for a variety of reasons. However, it may be easier to make certain assumptions about the cause of an accident when it occurs at a certain time of day. While understandable, these assumptions can result in criminal charges not supported by evidence. For example, it is unclear what evidence supports a DUI charge recently filed against a Virginia man.

The charges followed an accident that happened in the early morning hours of a day in February. According to police reports, a 26-year-old man was driving a vehicle north on a Virginia road with three passengers. Unfortunately, the vehicle reportedly struck a highway divider before overturning.

Two female passengers were ejected from the vehicle during the crash. One of them, a 22-year-old, died at the scene. The second one was transported to the hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive; it is unclear if either woman was utilizing a seat belt at the time of the collision. Both male passengers suffered only minor injuries. The driver has since been charged with driving under the influence and on a suspended license.

In all criminal cases, there must be sufficient evidence to prove that a person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in order to gain a conviction. In the case of a DUI charge, certain evidence could be unreliable -- such as a breath test result -- depending on the method in which it was obtained. Fortunately, there are experienced criminal defense attorneys in Virginia who can examine all evidence and help create a defense in response to pending charges.

Source: wjla.com, "Police: Man arrested for DUI crash that killed 1, injured others in Virginia", Sam Sweeney and Jeff Goldberg, Feb. 21, 2017

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