A man was charged with criminal vehicular homicide in Rice County after killing a woman while driving down a wrong-way street. The man is Brandon Dellwo who is currently in jail awaiting an October 3 court appearance. His bail is $50,000. When he was taken to the hospital he allegedly kept saying that he killed someone. His breath test results on the side of the road showed a result of .266. In Minnesota, the legal limit is .08. Dellwo was more than three times Minnesota’s legal limit. The accident happened on Sunday just after midnight. Dellwo did not sustain any injuries. The woman he killed was a defense attorney from Iowa who was on her way home from a concert. She was also engaged and was supposed to get married next year. Officers detected an odor of alcohol from his breath after the crash and noticed his speech was slurred and his eyes were droopy, bloodshot and watery, which are all indicia of intoxication. Dellwo also had two alcohol convictions on his records.
What is criminal vehicular homicide?
In Minnesota, criminal vehicular homicide (CVH) requires a finding of gross negligence or simple negligence while driving impaired or at .08 or more alcohol concentration. CVH can also occur if the driver is under the influence f a controlled substance. Criminal vehicular homicide is a felony and the presumptive Sentence for criminal vehicular homicide is up to 10 years in jail and up to $20,000. Some defenses can include causation or identity. For more information about criminal vehicular homicide, contact Keller Law Offices.
Criminal defense attorneys can help fight the charges against you. There are many things that need to be done prior to going to court. These include things like getting a private investigator, taking witness statements, obtaining video footage, and hiring an expert. Prior to talking to the police, an attorney should also be present to advise you of your rights and options. If you are charged with a crime call a criminal defense lawyer right away without making a statement to the police. There are two criminal defense attorneys at Keller Law Offices. Criminal vehicular homicide and driving under the influence charges are serious crimes with the possibility of serious prison time. The criminal defense attorneys at Keller Law Offices are aggressive and experienced. Call 952-913-1421 for a free consultation. For more information about possible defenses and outcomes when charged with CVH, contact Keller law offices or visit the firm’s website at www.kellerlawoffices.com.