When is it Possible to be Charged With Multiple Charges?
Interviewer: You mentioned reckless driving and criminal mischief. In that case, how did it tie in to the driving under the influence case?
One Incident Can Result in Multiple Charges
John Reade: The person drove under the influence of a prescription sleeping pill and hit a car. He got charges with driving under the influence, reckless driving for hitting the car, and criminal mischief for damaging the car. That is how three charges arose from a singel incident.
Will a Driving Under the Influence Conviction Impact Driving Privileges?
John Reade: For driving under the influence a person’s license can be suspended. A suspended license can affect a person’s ability to get to and from work. However, sometimes a person can still legally drive if they get what’s called a hardship permit. This allows them to drive during certain limited hours, or limited routes to and from work, etc.
A Criminal Conviction Can Be Grounds For Termination of Employment
John Reade: If a person gets convicted of a crime some employers consider that to be a sufficient reason to terminate the employee convicted of a crime. It all depends upon the employer’s employment policy.
What Does it Mean to be Indicted?
John Reade: Indicted is when the district attorney’s office goes in front of a panel of civilians and presents an outline of their case. It is completely one-sided outline, because a district attorney or prosecutor is the only one presenting their side of the case. They call their own witnesses, they ask their own questions, and they just have to show probable cause to believe a suspect has committed a crime or crimes. If the grand jurors believe that the prosecutor has satisfied the low burden/standard of proof of probable cause (i.e. more likely than not) the grand jurors issue an indictment. An indictment allows attorney’s office to proceed with charging the suspect with that crime or crimes.