When a person is accused of a crime, there are often many different decisions to make. For many people, one of the most important choices related to criminal charges is whether to fight the charges in court or accept a plea deal, if offered. For example, a man recently chose to accept a plea deal after Nebraska law enforcement officials claim he was intoxicated when he was involved in a fatal accident while driving an all-terrain vehicle.
The incident that led to the 26-year-old man’s arrest reportedly happened in June 2017. According to reports, the man had been drinking for several hours prior to the ATV accident. Unfortunately, the accident reportedly resulted in the death of his passenger, a female college student.
The man was charged with multiple crimes as a result of the incident. Reports indicate that he recently pleaded no contest to charges of false reporting and vehicular homicide. In exchange, Nebraska prosecutors dropped a manslaughter charge, among others. An accessory charge against the man’s father was also dropped. Though the father alleged that he was simply trying to repair damage to the vehicle, prosecutors accused him of attempting to hide evidence.
The man faced significant consequences as a result of the criminal charges stemming from the Nebraska accident. In some criminal cases, defendants may accept that there is sufficient evidence to convict them, even if they did not commit the crimes of which they are accused. An attorney with experience with such cases can help defendants weigh their options and potential consequences and make informed decisions about their cases.