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Drunk driving plea deal allows Minnesota man to avoid prison

When facing criminal accusations, some people may be unsure of their options. In some cases, a person may realize that there is sufficient evidence for a conviction. As such, he or she may choose to accept a plea deal in hopes of a reduced sentence. For example, a man in Minnesota recently accepted a plea deal that will allow him to seek treatment rather than spend time in jail following a drunk driving crash.

The accident happened in Oct. 2017. According to witnesses, a 30-year-old man was speeding when he ran a red light. Unfortunately, his vehicle is said to have struck a car driven by a 60-year-old man who died, reportedly due to injuries suffered in the collision.

Police say they located the defendant at the scene and that he showed signs of intoxication. He recently agreed to plead guilty to felony criminal vehicular homicide. In exchange, he will be sentenced to four years, with a majority of that time in prison and the rest on supervised release. However, he can spend his prison time in inpatient treatment, but he will not be allowed any passes to leave while attending. The plan must still be approved by a judge.

A conviction of criminal charges, including those related to allegations of drunk driving, often carries hefty consequences, leaving defendants in Minnesota facing tough decisions. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help ensure that defendants fully understand their options, allowing them to make informed decisions. In many cases, the best option is to accept a plea deal when one is offered.

Source: startribune.com, "Guilty plea could mean no prison for drunken driver who killed other motorist in Fridley", Paul Walsh, April 30, 2018

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