81-year-old accused of DUI after head-on collision

Pennsylvania troopers released information recently regarding a March 13 accident that involved an 81-year-old man who was allegedly so intoxicated that he rammed into a vehicle head-on despite the other driver veering onto a berm in an attempt to stop the accident. No information was available regarding a lawyer for the man accused of DUI, who is from Indiana, Pennsylvania, a town northeast of Pittsburgh.

The victim, a 52-year-old man from Homer City, was hurt in the wreck, but no additional details are available on his medical condition. No further information is known regarding any possible charges the driver may face.

When someone is involved in an accident and suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol, he or she can retain a criminal defense lawyer in case they are charged. The lawyer might be able to provide counsel for a defendant about possible actions to take before the district attorney files criminal charges in a case.

In addition, the lawyer might be able to provide an accused person with options related to sentencing and try to recommend that an accused person attend alcohol education and counseling. The prosecution and judge sometimes consider plea agreements that allow for substance abuse counseling instead of ordering a long prison term or other punitive sanctions. The district attorney may consider mitigating factors such as a possible lack of criminal record or the mature age of the accused, but he or she may also consider aggravating factors such as one's blood-alcohol content at the time of the accident. However, in some cases, Pennsylvania courts are limited by mandatory sentencing laws for DUI crimes.

Source: The Daily Review, "Police: Pa. man so drunk he hit car on other berm," March 14, 2013

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