A Louisiana woman is facing criminal charges related to a recent fatal accident in which one person was killed. Police recently stated that they are considering bringing additional charges against the driver, although it is not clear what those charges might be. However, a defendant does not have to wait to hear about pending charges before he or she can start working on a criminal defense plan.
According to police, the 38-year-old woman was traveling on Interstate 55 when the wreck occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. There were three minors in her vehicle at the time. The circumstances leading up the wreck are still not entirely clear, but police say her vehicle ran off of the road before flipping up to five times. It landed upside down.
All three of the children -- who were between the ages of 3 and 15 years old -- were thrown out of the car during the rollover. Police believe that the older children were not restrained by seat belts and that the youngest had not been placed in a car seat. The 15-year-old son of the driver was killed in the accident, while the driver, her daughter and her niece were all taken to the hospital, where they were listed in critical condition. The driver was later charged with two counts for no child restraints as well as careless operation. Authorities also believe that the driver might have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck, but the results of the toxicology report are still not available.
Defendants who are accused of serious crimes may feel understandably worried about their futures. Charges for things like drunk driving and careless operation can lead to consequences like fines and even jail time. Developing a strong criminal defense is important for defendants in Louisiana, but it can be confusing getting started. In these situations, a thorough review of all charges, related evidence and additional information is a good place to begin.