Soap opera star Freddie Smith has been formally charged for driving under
the influence (DUI) and felony vehicular assault. His charges stem from
an incident on October 7
th in Ashtabula County, Ohio where Smith was involved in a single-vehicle
car accident. Smith's girlfriend was seriously injured in the crash.
According to Ashtabula County officials, 26-year-old Smith was visiting
his Northeast Ohio hometown on the night of the crash. Police reports
state that Smith lost control of his vehicle while on a curve, veered
off the road, and flipped the car into a culvert. He suffered minor injuries
and his 27-year-old girlfriend suffered serious injuries after being trapped
in the vehicle. Smith's BAC level at the time of the crash was .093.
Ohio's legal DUI limit is .08.
Smith's charges include a felony-level offense for vehicular assault.
Under California law, motorists can also face felony charges after causing
injury to a person while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
As a felony, DUI causing injury poses extremely serious penalties, including
substantial fines and lengthy terms of imprisonment.
This case – while a tragic reminder of the dangers of drunk driving
– also exemplify the seriousness with which law enforcement and
prosecutors treat DUI cases involving aggravating circumstances. Although
the injured victim was Smith's girlfriend, he is still being prosecuted
for a very serious crime. The same occurs whenever authorities arrest
drivers for DUI with relative passengers, including minor children.
If you or someone in your family has been formally charged for DUI causing
injury in Orange County, working with an experienced attorney should be
your first priority. Our legal team is available to discuss your charges,
the penalties you face, and how we work toward securing a positive outcome
in both criminal proceedings and your DMV hearing.
Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a personalized