In Michigan and throughout the nation, a person is required to carry a valid driver's license when operating a motor vehicle. In a recent case, a man believed to have caused an accident was reportedly driving without one. The same man has also been accused of drunk driving in the accident that caused injuries to two other people.
On a recent Saturday night, two people were traveling together by motorcycle when a pickup truck allegedly hit them in an intersection of the roadway. The 44-year-old man and 41-year-old woman, who are both veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps, were transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Upon impact in the accident, the motorcycle is said to have become lodged underneath the pickup truck.
The man who was behind the wheel of the pickup at the time of the collision has been charged with two separate counts of intoxicated driving causing serious injury. He also faces charges of failing to stop at the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license. Police stated that the man attempted to drive away from the accident but apparently realized that the motorcycle was trapped underneath his vehicle and, instead, fled on foot. When police later arrested him, he is reported to have told them that he simply panicked at the accident site because he knew that he had been drinking alcohol.
Both drunk driving and driving without a license can carry substantial penalties under conviction in Michigan. Anyone accused of these or other criminal offenses has the right to retain legal help in preparation for court proceedings. An experienced criminal lawyer would be able to offer a personal assessment of an individual case and help determine what options might be available in order to develop an effective defense strategy.
Source: clickondetroit.com, "Chesterfield Township police: Drunk driver hit couple on motorcycle", Halston Herrara, Aug. 25, 2015