Michael Steer was charged with criminal vehicular homicide in Wright County, Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol arrived at the scene on January 13, 2016 where Steer’s truck hit a 2001 Chevrolet. The truck was laying on its side with the passenger side in the air. Two people were trapped inside the Chevrolet. Macon was the passenger and was pronounced dead at the scene. The drive suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital. Steer was driving eastbound on highway 12 when he passed another car and hit the Chevrolet head on. Steer was apparently driving 65 – 70 miles per hour when he crashed. Steer talked to a witness at the crash and said that he was out there having fun. He also admitted to consuming many drinks at a friends before going to the bar where he continued to drink. The bar was also able to verify that Steer had been drinking.
Criminal vehicular homicide carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail and up to $20,000 in fines. Criminal vehicular homicide charges can be defended in court. Call an experienced Wright county criminal defense lawyer. In some cases, an experienced Wright county criminal defense lawyer can argue causation or identity, etc. The defense will be dependent on the specific facts of your case. Causation for instance means that a defense lawyer can argue that it was perhaps another driver that caused the death if there were multiple cars involved in the accident. For instance, it can be argued that charged individual’s car was not what caused the accident and it could be argued that the driver of the other vehicle caused the accident. Perhaps the other driver was on his phone and not paying attention. A criminal defense lawyer in Wright County will need to look at the evidence to figure out how the accident or crash occurred. Equipment failures could also be another defense to criminal vehicular homicide, i.e something happening with the car that caused the crash that was out of the driver’s control.
In Minnesota, a person in guilty of criminal vehicular homicide when a person causes the death of a human not constituting murder or manslaughter as a result of operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner or in a negligent manner while on the influence of alcohol of/and a controlled substance. The alcohol concentration needs to be .08 or more as measured within two hours of the time of driving or under the influence of a hazardous substance or any controlled substance listed in schedule I or II. If you have been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and are unsure what your possible defenses are, contact Keller Law Offices. If you need clarification of what drugs are schedule I or II, contact the attorneys at Keller Law Offices.
If you have been charged with a DUI or criminal vehicular homicide in Minnesota, contact a Minnesota defense lawyer right away. Steer will need a defense attorney to fight his charges.
Contact Keller Law Offices for a free consultation. Max Keller is a Minnesota defense attorney and has been practicing criminal law for 17 years. Call 952-912-1421 today and visit the firms website at www.kellerlawoffices.com. Do not make any statements to the police or admit to drinking alcohol. Contact a lawyer as soon as you make contact with the police. If you are asked to take a blood or urine sample, tell the office you will not submit to a test without a search warrant.