Unfortunately, criminal charges are a common occurrence all over the United States. When criminal charges accompany a car accident, the emotional reaction to the incident can be intense. However, when those criminal charges result from reckless driving that involves children who were injured as a result of a driver’s negligence, legal repercussions can ensue. Some Maryland residents may relate to a recent, somewhat odd, car accident involving all of the above.
Recently, a woman was arrested after fleeing the scene of a crash during which her four children were allegedly injured. Purportedly, the 29-year-old mother was traveling with four children between the ages of seven and 10 in her car when she hit a tree. Shortly thereafter, she fled the scene with the children and left the vehicle behind.
Police were able to locate the woman’s home after running the license plates from the vehicle. Blood found on the passenger side airbag led officers to believe the crash had resulted in injuries. When police arrived at the woman’s home, she readily identified herself and admitted to having been involved in an accident. Officers examined the children who were confirmed as having been injured in the crash. They were taken to a local medical center for treatment.
Officers also noted that the woman had the odor of alcohol on her breath. She told officers she had consumed one beer prior to driving but field sobriety tests indicated her blood alcohol content was well above the legal limit. Authorities notified the Department of Children’s Services and all of the children were placed in DCS custody. The woman has been charged with child abuse and neglect and failure to report an accident. She could be facing additional charges, including possible reckless driving and DUI, pending the outcome of the investigation.
It may have been fear that caused the mother to leave the scene of her crime. However, she will still require criminal defense if she hopes to maintain her freedom and fight her charges. The aforementioned is certainly odd, and may not be something that happens every day. However, incidents like these are as common in Maryland as they are anywhere else. Any Maryland resident who faces criminal charges — whether by fear or mistake — may find benefit in the service of legal counsel.
Source: The Daily Times, “Townsend Woman Fled Crash With Injured Kids, Police Said,” June 22, 2013
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