A majority of people immediately pull to the side of the road when a police officer turns on their lights to conduct a motor vehicle stop. However, there are times where a defendant is not complying with a police officer's commands, which can lead to additional serious charges being filed in a Connecticut criminal court. Although conviction on these serious charges may result in serious consequences, the prosecution must first prove each and every element of the allegations in a court of law by a stringent measure of proof.
In a recent case, a young man is facing several criminal charges in Connecticut after he is alleged to have led police on a motor vehicle chase, which concluded when the man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a building. Police say that they attempted to stop the vehicle being driven by the 19-year-old man, but instead of pulling over, the man purportedly drove away from police officers. Police assert that the man turned off his car lights while fleeing and, shortly thereafter, was involved in the deadly crash.
A 15-year-old boy, who was riding in the back seat of the car, sustained fatal injuries. Both the driver and a 16-year-old front seat passenger also sustained injuries. The driver turned himself in to police officers and he now faces several criminal charges. He was subsequently released on $10,000 bail.
In a tragic case such as this one, it is common for individuals to jump to conclusions as to the guilt of the defendant on the serious charges issued against them, particularly when initial news reports typically tell only one side of the story. However, there remains a substantial amount of information as to the circumstances surrounding the initial stop that may cast some doubt as to the degree of the defendant's responsibility. This information may be useful in the defendant's criminal trial or, in the alternate, may be beneficial for the defendant reaching a plea agreement, if he determines that to be in his best interests after considering the pending charges in relation to potential consequences should a conviction ultimately be obtained.
Source: NBC, "Arrest Made in Crash That Killed Oxford Teen," Sept. 11, 2012