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Criminal defense: Hit-and-run accident results in formal charges

An early morning jog in Michigan turned out to be a bad way to start the day. A Wayne County Sheriff's Department employee was struck and killed during an early morning jog. The off-duty officer was allegedly struck by a vehicle and dragged for several feet in a hit-and-run accident. The driver of the vehicle is facing criminal charges.

The accident occurred in Westland, a suburb of Detroit. The jogger was allegedly struck by an SUV and dragged for some distance, as much as 50 or 60 feet. The SUV then reportedly sped away. The driver of the vehicle is being charged with death caused by reckless driving, failure to stop and also tampering with evidence.

Tragic auto accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, faster than a driver can react. A person involved in such an accident might respond out of panic, causing one to flee out of a fight-or-flight response. A person charged with a crime is always presumed innocent until -- and only if -- found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

A person in Michigan facing charges in a hit-and-run accident may be very scared, uncertain of his or her rights and confused and not know where to turn. Any person facing such a charge has the right to a criminal defense. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can review the accident facts and advise his or her client as to one's rights under the law as well as to what legal options are available to pursue the most favorable outcome.

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