A 32-year-old woman has been charged with DUI causing serious bodily injury after she allegedly caused a drunk driving accident that sent a jogger to the hospital in critical condition, according to a report in the Miami Herald.
A Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyer must always be consulted whenever a motorist is charged with drunk driving in Broward or Palm Beach counties. But this is never more true than when a serious or fatal accident occurs.
In fact, Florida DUI Law calls for a charge of manslaughter or vehicular homicide in cases in which a victim dies as a result of injuries sustained in an accident with a drunk driver. A defendant can face 15 years in prison — 30 years in cases where a hit-and-run crash is involved.
Too often, any investigation into the cause of the accident ceases when it is determined that a motorist is drunk — or accused of being drunk. If a defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale can prove you were not drunk — or were not responsible for the crash — you should not be convicted of the most serious charges involving a Florida drunk driving crash.
In this case, the 18-year-old jogger was hit shortly after midnight on a Sunday morning in Coconut Grove. The defendant was driving a Jeep north on Virginia Street and had just crossed West Trade Avenue. She reportedly veered right and struck a Toyota Corolla, before striking the victim who was jogging alongside the road.
What might have been a terrible accident involving a runner in the middle of the night is now a criminal investigation that could impact the rest of the defendant’s life. We do not discount the victim — these are always tragic cases. But prosecutors are often too eager to press for lengthy prison sentences and judges are too happy to comply. There are few defendants as unsympathetic as a motorist convicted of killing someone while driving drunk.
Hiring an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer is the best chance to protect your freedom.
If you are facing DUI charges Broward or Palm Beach counties, contact the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert, a Partnership of Former Prosecutors, for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1.888.5.DEFEND.