The criminal justice system is often complicated. In addition to court proceedings, there are often unique circumstances that could lead to more severe punishments and charges. For example, a man in Missouri could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison after being charged with his seventh drunk driving offense.
When driving a motor vehicle, a slight mistake can often have serious consequences. For example, pressing the gas pedal instead of the brake can result in a collision. Unfortunately, it may be easy to assume that an accident that happens at night is the result of DWI. In fact, a man in Missouri now faces criminal charges after he allegedly drove his van into a restaurant.
A motor vehicle accident can happen before a driver even has an opportunity to respond to a changing condition. A suddenly slowing vehicle or a single moment of distraction, for instance, can easily lead to a collision. Unfortunately, police in Missouri and across the country may be quick to assume that an accident was the result of drunk driving regardless of the evidence.
Car accidents can happen at any time of day. Though law enforcement officials may be quick to assume that a driver who crashes at night may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, other issues, such as fatigue, could just as easily have been the cause. Unfortunately, a woman in Missouri now faces multiple criminal charges, including DWI, after she was allegedly involved in a single-vehicle collision.
Many streets in Missouri have hazards. For example, the chances of an accident on a street that is not well lit could be higher. Unfortunately, drivers -- even those who are alert and vigilant -- may not be able to respond in time to an unexpected hazard in order to avoid a collision. In fact, four people were recently sent to the hospital after they were allegedly struck by a vehicle; the driver has since been charged with drunk driving.
There are many actions that a driver can take to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, there is often little a person can do when a wrong-way driver is headed in his or her direction. In fact, police reports indicate that a woman in Missouri is suspected of driving the wrong way and causing a collision. However, the woman driving the vehicle the alleged wrong-way driver struck now faces drunk driving charges.
Anyone who has driven late at night -- even on familiar roads -- likely knows how easy it is to become disoriented. Such disorientation could make it easy to make a wrong turn, potentially causing an accident. Unfortunately, police in Missouri claim that a driver was drunk driving when he headed the wrong way on an interstate and caused an accident that injured two people.
Car accidents happen every day in Missouri and other states. While certain measures are in place in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents and the impact of those that do occur, the risk cannot be completely eliminated. Though they can occur for a variety of different reasons, it may be easy for police to assume that drunk driving was involved.
It is almost always nerve-wracking for drivers to look in their rear-view mirrors and notice the flashing lights of a police vehicle. While the instinct of some may be to immediately hit their brakes, not everyone responds with fear. In fact, police have accused a driver in Missouri of drunk driving after he allegedly began dancing after he was pulled over.
It may be difficult to accurately estimate the number people who been saved from serious injuries or from losing their lives due to the use of safety belts. Though many people in Missouri benefit from these safety devices, they are only effective if a driver or passenger chooses to utilize them. Unfortunately, a man in Missouri now faces accusations of drunk driving and other related charges following a crash that left a passenger in his vehicle -- who was not wearing a safety belt -- suffering serious injuries.