A Dec. 25 car accident has resulted in two men facing DUI charges. The one-car wreck occurred at approximately 9:15 a.m. in Willimantic on Ash Street. As officials responded to the scene, they observed a 27-year-old man who was attempting to move the vehicle. They took the man into custody for operating a motor vehicle without a license and for drunk driving.
As officials investigated the situation, they also became aware that another man had been operating the vehicle when the accident occurred. The 30-year-old driver reportedly left the scene of the incident. He was later located and charged in connection with the crash. He faces charges of operating a vehicle without a license, incorrect driving, and driving under the influence.
The men have both been released on bonds of $750 and are scheduled to appear in court. Reports do not indicate how the accident may have occurred or what type of damage the vehicle sustained.
In facing several charges in a similar situation, a defendant might seek an opportunity to obtain reduced charges and penalties through a plea agreement. However, legal advice might be important in considering such options. It may be helpful to have a lawyer review a case to ensure that a defendant's civil rights have been preserved through the investigation. A lawyer may review issues such as the means by which a client has been deemed to be driving under the influence. If the blood alcohol content was measured via a method that is known for possible inaccuracy issues, results might be challenged.
A defendant has the right to present a defense, and a charge does not imply that a guilty verdict will be reached. A lawyer may advise a client to consider plea options if a case appears to be supported by strong evidence. In other cases, it may be more prudent to go to trial or endeavor to have charges dropped in the face of weak evidence.
Source: WFSB, "Two Willimantic men charged with DUI", Olivia Lank, December 25, 2014