Good Deed Goes Punished
Over the weekend Edwin Tanner came upon a car at the intersection of 2300 East and 3300 South in Salt Lake that was stalled. Tanner stopped to help the vehicle and as he approached the driver he realized that the 57-year-old man inside was passed out with his foot on the gas pedal. Tanner put the car in neutral and began pushing and steering the car off the road with the help of some other people. As they were moving the vehicle the driver awoke and panicked, putting the car in drive and speeding off. Tanner was dragged about 10 feet before he was able to free himself. The man in the car again passed out, ended up pinned against a pole by a police truck, only to wake up panic, ram the police truck and drive off again. Police eventually stopped the vehicle and the man was taken to the hospital and treated for severe alcohol poisoning. He was later arrested after his release, presumably on DUI charges.
DUI: Enhanceable Offense
One of the factors that sets DUI charges apart from some other criminal charges is that it is an enhanceable offense, meaning that if certain facts are in play the charge is increased and the penalties become more severe. One of these factors is bodily harm, meaning that if a person inflicts bodily injury upon another as a result of their drunk driving then they will be charged with a class B misdemeanor instead of a class A. This change results in a difference of the possible jail time going from 6 months to 1 year, and the possible fine going from $1,000 to $2,500.
Provo DUI Attorney
A DUI charge can be defended in many different ways because of these additional factors that can increase the penalties. It is important to have an attorney to help you understand these possible arguments and help you defend your rights. If you are facing DUI charges call Provo DUI Defense today, and we will help you fight for your liberties.