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Portland teen faces charges for alleged hit-and-run

When a person gets behind the wheel of a car in Oregon, the person is taking on a big responsibility. Not only are people responsible for their own safety, but also for the safety of others. If a car accident occurs, a driver may face criminal charges under certain circumstances. In particular, if a person is involved in a hit-and-run involving injuries, criminal charges can follow.

One Oregon teenager is now facing similar criminal charges following a car accident. In this case, the 19-year-old woman is accused of hitting a pedestrian as she drove her car on Southeast Powell Boulevard. According to reports, a witness says that the driver of a car was traveling between 40 and 50 miles-per-hour when the car hit a pedestrian. The witness claims that the car never slowed down after the person was hit.

Shortly after the accident, police arrived to find the pedestrian dead. Police identified a 2009 Mercedes as the car involved in the accident. Shortly after the accident, the car was spotted and police were called. Police arrested the woman after the car was found with damage to its windshield and bumper. During her arrest, the woman was also found with cocaine, according to police.

As a result of these serious allegations, the woman is facing four serious felony charges. They include unlawful possession of cocaine, felony hit-and-run, reckless driving and first-degree manslaughter. These charges can carry serious criminal penalties including long prison sentences.

When people -- like the woman in this case -- face felony charges, they need to do everything they can to protect their constitutional rights. While an eyewitness may claim to have seen one thing, prosecutors will need concrete evidence to convict. With the help of an aggressive criminal defense strategy, defendants can closely question all of the the evidence presented by the prosecutor.

Source: KOIN, "DA: Teen hit-and-run driver had cocaine on her," Brent Weisberg, May 5, 2015

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