A DUI charge can be an extremely difficult and embarrassing charge to deal with. If you add to that the complication of a car accident, it is easy to see why a Ft. Lauderdale DUI Attorney is so critical. If the accident injures another individual, you could be facing more severe charges. Florida comes down very hard on those convicted of a DUI. The prosecution and law enforcement will team up to convict you to the fullest extent possible. If you do not have a highly skilled attorney at your side you could be facing serious penalties.
Fort Lauderdale DUI Accident Lawyer
The overwhelming majority of accidents do not involve alcohol. Of the accidents that do involve alcohol, most cause minor property damage or minor personal injury. These cases are classified as a DUI with personal/property damage and are punishable by up to one year in jail. If the injury is more serious, the charge can be upgraded to a DUI with Serious Bodily Injury. This offense is a felony and you can face up to 5 years in state prison in the event of a conviction. If the injury to an individual is fatal, you can be charged with DUI manslaughter. This is also a felony and carries the most severe DUI penalties.
Accident cases create defenses that are not available to other DUI cases. For example, when someone is involved in an accident, the accident may cause symptoms that mimic impairment from alcohol. Bloodshot eyes, flushed face, slurred speech, unsteady on your feet, problems walking, and problems standing still. Poor performance on Field Sobriety Tests can be attributed to the accident and NOT from alcohol impairment.
We have handled these cases before and have successfully implemented these defenses in trial and in motion practice. They work!!
Our firm is focused on DUI defense and we have over 16 years of experience in criminal defense. We are totally committed to fighting for our clients’ rights in the state of Florida. We will thoroughly investigate the charges brought against our clients and bring in experts as needed. In accident cases, we may enlist the assistance of accident reconstruction experts and/or blood or breath test experts. We keep our clients updated on every aspect of their case and ensure that every defense is explored. DUI accident charges are very serious and you should not trust your case to a less experienced attorney. With a permanent criminal record and jail time a possibility in your future, you need to act now. Call us today for a consultation so that we can determine what defense to employ in court.
Contact a Ft. Lauderdale DUI Accident Attorney today so that your rights can be protected.