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Criminal defense: Plea deal accepted Missouri DUI case

When a person is accused of a crime, there are multiple decisions that he or she is forced to make. Often, defendants who do not have legal training feel unprepared to create an appropriate criminal defense, requiring them to seek guidance. A man in Missouri has opted to accept a plea deal in his case, resulting in reduced charges.

The 27-year-old man was facing two counts of second-degree assault, a felony. Officials believe that he operated a vehicle while intoxicated two years earlier, which is said to have caused an accident that sent two people to the hospital. Reports claim that the man crossed the centerline before his vehicle excited the roadway. The vehicle then re-entered traffic, striking a vehicle head-on.

Two people in the oncoming vehicle were injured and transported to the hospital. A police officer claimed that he noticed that the eyes of the driver of the first vehicle were red and glassy, prompting a breath test, the results of which were negative. The man then reportedly admitted to using methamphetamine days prior to the accident. Under the plea deal, the man was convicted of driving under the influence of drugs, a misdemeanor, and received two years of probation, 10 days of shock jail time and was ordered to pay restitution.

There are a variety of different reasons why a person would accept a plea deal. Often, people in Missouri choose to plead guilty because they accept the fact that there may be sufficient evidence for a conviction regardless of their guilt or innocence. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help those facing charges fully understand all of their options of the potential consequences of each.

Source: joplinglobe.com, "Driver in injury accident pleads guilty to being under influence of drugs", Jeff Lehr, Feb. 21, 2018

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