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Hyattsville Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Involuntary Man Slaughter

Close-up of damaged carIn August of 2013 Josue Balbino Ruiz Reyes, a twenty year old from Hyattsville, was driving with a .10 BAC — .02 over the legal alcohol limit. Reyes ended up crashing the vehicle, resulting in his female passenger being ejected on to the side of the road. She was pronounced dead on the scene. One of the big mistakes that Reyes made after the accident was immediately leaving the scene and the ejected female passenger. He was found a few miles away from the scene of the crime and continued to run from the police even after four officers had begun to pursue him. Not only did he run, but he was also driving on a suspended license while intoxicated. As a result of some bad decision making on the part of Reyes, he has been sentenced to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. Reyes clearly isn’t starting out his 20s in the most ideal fashion. There are a few things that are necessary to talk about regarding this incident.

  • Involuntary manslaughter – This is the lowest charge that you can hope to get in the case of a homicide. While it appears that Reyes will still be serving the maximum time for manslaughter, it’s better than a murder charge and goes on his record as an accidental homicide rather than a blatant murder.
  • DUI – Driving under the influence in Maryland means that you have a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Reyes claimed that he only had two beers much earlier in the night, but with a BAC of .10, it’s pretty clear that he drank more alcohol than that and likely more recently than he claimed to.
  • Representation – Due to the fact that Reyes only got a little over three years for voluntary manslaughter, DUI, and evading arrest, it seems that he had very good representation in court. For serious crimes such as these, you need a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to aggressively argue your case and get you the shortest, lightest sentence possible. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re charged with involuntary manslaughter or DUI, you should contact good representation immediately.

As far as Reyes is concerned, he has a tough three years ahead of him, but it could have been much worse. If you have any questions about DUI, involuntary manslaughter or criminal defense representation in Maryland, give Bruce Robinson & Associates a call at 443.524.7395 or visit our website. We’re here to help when you need it most. Call today for your free consultation, anytime day or night.



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