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Fatal accident in Minnesota leads to drunk driving allegations

When people are accused of committing a crime in Minnesota,  they often feel overwhelmed by the criminal justice system. Without legal training, they may be unaware of their options. For example, a man who police claim was drunk driving when he caused a fatal car accident is likely considering his defense options as he responds to the allegations against him.

The incident that led to the man's arrest reportedly happened on a night in late April.  A passenger in the vehicle, a 34-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 34-year-old man who was reportedly driving the vehicle is said to have told police that he was using his seat belt while his passenger had not been.

The driver also allegedly told police that he had been drinking at a concert and then at a casino prior to the accident. Police say that the driver indicated that he was driving just under 50 mph at the time of the accident. He claims that lost control of the vehicle while swerving to avoid a deer.

Minnesota police said that preliminary breath tests showed that the man's blood alcohol content was well over the legal limit; they also report that he detailed the several drinks and marijuana consumed before getting behind the wheel. Reports also claim that the man was driving on a canceled license. In addition to drunk driving allegations, the man is charged with criminal vehicular homicide and driving with a canceled license. If convicted of the charges against him, he could face a significant amount of time behind bars, potentially prompting him to seek advice from an experienced professional.

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