The most difficult type of drinking and driving case in Oakland County are situations in which somebody has operating a vehicle while intoxicated and this driving resulted in a death of somebody else. These cases are extremely difficult to handle as the family of the decedent is devastated and the courts and judges encountered will have no mercy on the defendant.
Having handled operating while intoxicated causing death cases in Oakland County, we have extensive experience in handling these types of cases all the way through jury trials. A person charged with operating while intoxicated causing death is facing up to 15 years in prison. However, it has been a trend that in certain situations, the prosecutor's office will charge the defendant with second degree murder, a charge that carries with it the possibility of life in prison.
When there is a death that involves drinking and driving in Oakland County, the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office will handle the case. There are a multitude of different issues and strategies that we have used in the past depending on each individual case. We have been successful in negotiating deals in the past in Oakland County where the amount of incarceration was significantly less than what was required under the now advisory Sentencing Guidelines.
The bottom line is that operating while intoxicated causing death cases in Oakland County are extremely serious cases that require very specific strategies in order to give your client a chance at a life.