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Maryland man faces two counts of vehicular homicide

A man is facing serious charges after a two-car collision left his two passengers fatally injured on the morning of March 25. Police stated that the man was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The accident occurred in Glenn Dale and is being handled by police in Prince George's County.

The two men, one 46 years of age and the other 30, were passengers in the 35-year-old driver's vehicle when he allegedly pulled in front of another vehicle that collided with the passenger side of the driver's car. Both of the victims were Lanham residents. The accused driver was listed as having "no fixed address," meaning that the driver is currently homeless.

After the two passengers died, Prince George's County police brought two charges of vehicular homicide against the accused after alleging that he was under the influence of alcohol during the wreck. The driver was detained and held on a $200,000 bail amount. Unless the driver can make bail, he will sit in jail until his court date arrives.

Driving under the influence is a serious crime that can end tragically. Anyone charged with vehicular manslaughter should not resign themselves to the fact that they are going to prison. Not even a failed breathalyzer test is an automatic conviction. In these cases, defendants may overwhelmingly benefit from having criminal defense attorneys experienced in DUI law at their side. Improper police procedures or even mistakes caused by other drivers can lead to these serious charges being reduced or thrown out altogether, so an automatic guilty plea without proper representation is always ill advised. Criminal defense attorneys may help defendants understand their rights and options and recommend courses of action.

Source: MyFoxDC, "Driver charged with homicide by motor vehicle in Glenn Dale crash," March 26, 2013

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