Minnesota teenager faces serious charges after DWI accident

There are moments in a person’s life when everything can change. For one 19-year-old, an alleged drunk driving accident that took place in March has sent his life into a potential tailspin. He is charged with the following Minnesota criminal offenses:

  • Six counts of criminal vehicular homicide
  • DWI
  • Reckless driving

When anyone faces charges like that, they have a quite an important battle ahead. When the defendant is as young as this teenager, the fight somehow seems even more important. If convicted of the various criminal charges, it could mean this young man loses a lot of his life to the prison system.

According to news reports, a conviction for each count against the teen could land him behind bars for 28 years. That is longer than he has been alive. He is in this serious legal predicament due to a fatal accident that occurred earlier this year. One teenage passenger died in the crash, and two others were reportedly injured.

The teen driver was also injured in the accident but survived to face the legal consequences for his alleged crimes. Reports claim that the defendant was driving drunk at the time of the accident, with a BAC level allegedly above twice the legal limit. The reckless driving charge is a result of the allegation that the young driver was speeding when he lost control of the car and crashed.

By the end of the month, the teen defendant in Minnesota will face court for the first time. Any person in his situation needs the tenacious support of an experienced DUI defense attorney to help protect their future from a conviction and the many serious costs that come with that.


Kaaltv.com: “Teen Charged in Deadly Crash,” Oct. 13, 2011

He has won jury trial cases in misdemeanor and felony cases and in DWI’s and non-DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. He is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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