Being busted for driving while intoxicated in the State of Michigan will bring permanent and life-changing consequences on a person. However, if the drunk driver crashes into another causing significant personal injury or death, the charges brought against the at-fault motorist will undoubtedly become more severe. Each day as aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyers, we represent people who have not only received DUI charges, but murder charges as well after killing another driver or passenger on the road. There are similar cases seen in recent news, such as the example of the Michigan man serious criminal charges after allegedly crashing his vehicle drunk, killing one of his sons.
Last December, Michigan resident Robert Ruh II was driving his truck in Homer Township when he crashed his vehicle, killing his son, Robert Ruh III, 7, and seriously injured his other son, Austin Ruh, 8. In the hours after the accident, toxicologists with the Michigan State Police in Lansing estimated that Ruh’s blood-alcohol content level when the incident occurred was between 0.08 and 0.10. In the State of Michigan, operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content level over 0.08 is considered drunk driving. As a result, evidence presented from the toxicology lab was enough to accuse Ruh of multiple Michigan drunk driving charges.
Law enforcement officials originally charged Ruh with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and operating a vehicle under the influence while transporting someone under the age of 16. However, on Thursday the court granted prosecutors request, slapping two new counts against him: involuntary manslaughter with a motor vehicle, or some form of Michigan negligent homicide charges. If convicted of all violations against him, Ruh could face a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted.
As seen by the example of Robert Ruh II, being accused of driving while intoxicated can have significant consequences, especially if it causes personal injury or death to another person. Harm was not only inflicted on his children, Ruh is also facing serious criminal charges of drunk driving and negligent homicide. If convicted of either charge, he will almost certainly spend time in prison. Because the punishments are so severe, it is essential to contact hard-working and experienced Lansing drunk driving lawyers for the best possible legal defense. Acting quickly will not only provide top-notch legal advice, but also help ensure that you stay at home with your family, and not behind bars.