Being taken into Maryland police custody can be a frightening experience, especially if officers claim to have evidence that a crime was committed. When an arrest follows a fatal motor vehicle collision, an accused individual undoubtedly understands that there is a lot at stake. When a driver is convicted of DUI in connection with a fatal collision, there will undoubtedly be serious legal repercussions.
A recent tragedy involved a 43-year-old man who was arrested after police went looking for him because he had reportedly left the scene of an accident. The man was said to have been driving a pickup truck when his vehicle collided with a moped. The two people on the moped were killed in the accident.
Police suspect the pickup driver of DUI
Investigators who located the man later said they thought perhaps he was intoxicated when the accident occurred. However, after questioning him, he was not immediately arrested, although it is likely he will be facing multiple charges in connection with the incident. The fatal crash is still being investigated by law enforcement officers.
As soon as a motorist is taken into Maryland police custody, it is permissible (and advisable) to request legal representation. A person accused of a serious crime such as DUI in connection with a fatal collision has a right to have an attorney present at all stages of the proceedings. In Maryland, charges must be filed within one year of the alleged offense.