Vehicular manslaughter charges can happen months later

| Aug 17, 2020 | Criminal Law |

Every year, numerous motor vehicle accidents happen on Alabama’s roadways. Some of those crashes turn out to be deadly, and the individual believed to have caused one will most likely come under scrutiny. Depending on the results of the investigation, he or she could face charges for vehicular manslaughter even months after the incident.

For instance, a grand jury recently handed down an indictment against a former sheriff’s deputy for vehicular manslaughter. The charges stem from an accident that occurred on Aug. 2, 2019. Now, a year later, the 31-year-old man must defend himself against the allegations.

According to reports, the then officer was in his patrol car without lights and sirens when he struck an ATV driven by a 14-year-old boy. The boy initially survived the crash but succumbed to his injuries a few days later. The man is accused of speeding and being under the influence of alcohol at the time — while on duty.

This former Walker County Sheriff’s Deputy will face numerous challenges regarding the charges he faces. It is vital for individuals facing these or any other charges to ensure their rights are protected throughout the process.

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