Posted on April 21, 2015 in Criminal Law
in Grand Rapids are pulled over for driving under the influence every
day, just as they are anywhere else. However, sometimes, people are
mistakenly charged with offenses that are unfounded. Other times,
although the evidence can appear to lead to one conclusion, when it is
looked at under a different light, that same evidence can lead someone
to believe something entirely different. It’s important to realize that
just because people are charged with a drunk driving offense, it doesn’t
mean they are guilty.
A Michigan man has been arrested and charged for operating while intoxicated
after he was reportedly involved in a serious accident that sent a
passenger in his vehicle to the hospital. The 27-year-old man from
Kingsley was allegedly driving a pickup truck while he was intoxicated
when the truck slammed into a utility pole and ended up in a ditch. The
man is also facing a charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident.
to authorities, officers arrested the man outside of the same medical
center where his alleged passenger was being treated for injuries she
sustained in the crash. According to court papers, preliminary reports
indicated that the woman had been injured in a crash that involved an
all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Despite the early reports that the
20-year-old woman from Buckley was hurt in an ATV crash, she reportedly
told officers that she had been hurt as a passenger in a crash involving
later found an unoccupied pickup truck with serious damage in a ditch
in nearby East Bay Township. According to officers they found a trail of
footprints leading from the truck to the road where it appeared the
occupants had entered another vehicle.
the evidence might appear to incriminate the man who was arrested,
there are several unanswered questions. There were no reports as to
whether or not authorities had any physical evidence that the man was
actually intoxicated, or that he was even driving the truck when it
crashed. Often, evidence can look bad on the surface, but in actuality
it is mostly circumstantial.
is exactly the type of situation in which an experienced OWI/DUI
defense attorney can help. In cases like this an attorney might be able
to get the case thrown out due to a lack of solid proof. Likewise, if
the officers didn’t follow proper procedure throughout the
investigation, that could also lead to the charges being dropped. An
attorney would know what to look for if any of these things occurred.
Anyone who has been arrested and/or charged with a drunk driving
offense in Grand Rapids should know his or her rights. People are
innocent until proven guilty, no matter the charges or the evidence.
Therefore, if you are facing OWI charges, then it is probably in your
best interest to contact us today at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office at
616-698-0000, or click here to contact us online.