Man who confessed online sentenced for fatal drunk driving crash

On behalf of The Law Offices of Michael L. Davidson posted in Drunk Driving Charges on Friday, October 25, 2013.

When a person is suspected of a crime related to drunk driving, it may feel like there are no options available. It might also feel like prosecutors have the evidence they need to convict. Still, everyone who is accused has a crime is entitled to a defense. Not only that, but it may be possible challenge the validity of the evidence brought to court.

Not long ago, a young man from Ohio made a stunning confession in a YouTube video that gained the nation’s attention. The man said that he hit and killed a person with his car after a night of drinking. By making this statement, he acknowledged that he was offering a confession to law enforcement officials. As a result of this move, his trial moved along quickly.

Most recently, the judge assigned to the case heard testimony and issued a sentence. For the driving under the influence of alcohol charge, the young man received the maximum prison sentence of six months. Additionally, the judge issued a sentence of six years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide, which can result in a maximum of eight years behind bars.

In a statement after issuing the sentence, the judge said that the circumstances behind the DUI charge created the need for the trial in the first place, which is why he issued a full sentence for that infraction. Although the man was willing to confess, it’s unclear whether or not that was the reason why the judge decided not to issue a full eight years in prison for the vehicular homicide charge.

More than anything, this case is a reminder that statements made between arrest and trial are taken very seriously by authorities. The young man was reportedly advised before making his YouTube confession. As such, it can be beneficial to understand the consequences of public statements before they are made.

Source:, “Ohio man gets 6 years after DUI crash confession,” Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Oct. 23, 2013

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