Vehicular Homicide – DUI
JA was barely 20 years old when I met him in the jail. He had been in a serious car accident that killed one person and severely injured another. Police said JA's car had come across the center line and struck the oncoming car head-on. Police found alcohol in JA's car and tested his blood – finding he was well over the legal limit for alcohol at the time of the crash. Through our investigation, we learned that JA suffered from a rare genetic condition that caused serious mental and physical problems with motor skills and long-term memory. After securing an expert, we filed a motion contending that JA was incompetent to stand trial. After several competency hearings and a competency trial the Court agreed with us. JA was found incompetent to stand trial and was permitted to return home.