A woman was arrested over the weekend after a crash that led to the death of two men. Police say the vehicles were travelling at a high rate of speed, although they don't say whether anyone was speeding, when the accident occurred. The Virginia woman that survived the accident has been accused of driving drunk and two counts of vehicular manslaughter. She was arrested and is being held in a regional jail.
While the situation is sad, it is important to remember that those accused of serious crimes such as this one also have rights. Police should treat people with respect while in custody, and any violation of an accused person's rights could lead to a wrongful conviction.
Those who are accused of serious crimes including vehicular manslaughter in Virginia might be wise to speak with a criminal defense attorney. They can help a person understand their rights, and what information they should and should not share with authorities. People facing charges should understand that they have the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Police should advice people of their rights after they are arrested, and failing to treat the accused person legally could result in some or all charges being dropped.
The charges against the Virginia woman in this case are very serious. A conviction of vehicular manslaughter could lead to years in prison and hefty fines, as well as the loss of a vehicle license for many years. Because of the severity of these charges it is important to form a rigorous and thorough criminal defense.
Source: WDBJ7.com, "Two people dead after car accident in Lynchburg," April 23, 2012