Angela K. Schultz, 34 years old, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty on March 28, 2012 to aggravated vehicular homicide. She had three previous convictions for operating a vehicle while under the influence. Because she had continued to drive drunk even after she had previously received probation, court ordered treatment and counseling, and jail time; Common Pleas Judge Richard Berens said that Shultz deserved to receive the maximum sentence. She will receive an additional 3 years because of her pervious convictions.
Schultz caused a head-on crash while driving drunk, taking the life of a young mother in 2011. Sarah K. Renko of Lancaster, Ohio was a single mother who worked part-time, and was devoted to her infant son. One-year-old Randall James Renko was also in the car. He was safely ensconced in his car seat, and survived. Sarah Renko’s parents are raising Randall. They were present at the trial, as was 18-month-old Randall, who is now saying his first words.
If you are arrested for driving under the influence, do not make the mistake of taking it lightly. Even if it is your first offense, being found guilty of a DUI will be on your permanent record. Some think that the law goes easier on first-timers, but a first-time conviction for a criminal charge like DUI will follow you. It will mean that prospective employers, licensing departments and lenders will all be aware that you have been convicted of a crime.
Should you be arrested for a DUI, your first move should be to seek skilled legal representation. A criminal attorney will know your rights under the law and will be able to assure you receive your full rights, and due justice. Because of the emotional nature of cases like these, having a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can completely change the outcome of your case, and your future.