Auto accidents can happen for many reasons in Florida and one of the most common is if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There are various scenarios that can come about leading to a DUI arrest. Among the most serious include people being injured in a crash with an alleged drunk driver. Drivers who are facing allegations that they committed a DUI and caused injuries to others should be cognizant of the ramifications and consider their options to craft a strong legal defense.
Driver arrested for recklessness, speeding and DUI after collision
A man was arrested for DUI after a three-vehicle accident in which two bicyclists were injured. According to the investigation, the 20-year-old man was driving at excessive speed when the chain of events took place. Witnesses said he was being reckless and went out of control. A vehicle was sideswiped. Then he hit another vehicle before hitting the bicyclists. Law enforcement arrived and spoke to the man. He appeared to be under the influence smelling of alcohol, slurring his speech and had bloodshot and watery eyes.
He took field sobriety tests and did poorly. He stated that he had been drinking the previous night. His blood alcohol content registered at double the legal limit. He faces multiple charges including DUI and DUI with damage. The bicycle riders were hospitalized where they were reported to be stable.
Understanding potential penalties after a DUI
Drivers who are convicted of DUI can face a litany of penalties that can lead to major challenges in life. These can include jail time, fines, a driver’s license suspension and the requirement to have an ignition interlock device on the vehicle. In addition, the conviction will be on the person’s record and could cause problems with future endeavors and getting automobile insurance.
A legal defense is key
Even in cases where the evidence is strong, there are still strategies to avoid the worst consequences or even get an acquittal. The investigation could have been flawed, extenuating circumstances could help with reducing the charges, or there may be an option for treatment instead of incarceration. The case can be challenging, especially if people were injured in an accident. Before doing or saying anything to exacerbate the situation, it is beneficial to consult with legal professionals experienced in DUI defense immediately.