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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter charge

A man who caused an accident in Oklahoma that led to the death of his 60-year-old father will spend eight years in jail after pleading guilty to several charges. He received a 13-year sentence for driving with a suspended license and first-degree manslaughter. A judge suspended five years of his sentence, and he will serve a concurrent one-year sentence for the driving under the influence charge.

According to reports, the accident occurred when the man lost control of his SUV on July 3, 2013, on Highway 51 in Broken Arrow. The vehicle veered off the road, and the driver overcorrected and caused the vehicle to hit a concrete barrier and flip over. This caused the man's father to be ejected from it. He died at the scene of the crash, and there was no word as to the type or severity of any injuries that the driver suffered.

When a driver is charged with drunk or impaired driving, it does not mean that the driver is guilty or that the officer is making an assumption of guilt. It only implies that the officer had sufficient cause to believe that a driver was operating a motor vehicle while impaired at the time of a traffic stop or when a driver was involved in an accident.

An attorney may be able to dispute the evidence used to determine that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when charged. A DUI defense attorney could determine if a breath test machine was properly calibrated or if a medical condition led to a poor performance on a field sobriety test. Any deviation from proper procedure by a police officer can also lead to a dismissal of the charge.

Source: News9.com, "Son Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In DUI Wreck That Killed Father", May 27, 2014

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