As our Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach DUI defense lawyers know, fights among those in a relationship are common; moreover, when a relationship sours, individuals tend to say things they might not otherwise say. Sometimes, as was the case for a certain Miami woman named Mila Dago, they say things they did mean and that can come back to bite them in the court of law.
During the summer of 2013, Dago was out barhopping when she texted her newly-ex boyfriend such things as “driving drunk woo” and “I’ll be dead thanks to you.” Dago didn’t end up dying in a DUI crash, but unfortunately, the passenger traveling in her car did.
Aside from showing just how dangerous drunk driving can be, this case demonstrates how damaging text messages can be; when there is a record of something you’ve said, that record can come back to be used against you in a criminal trial, especially if you’ve essentially admitted to that which you’re being accused of.
Just a few minutes after Dago sent the angry (and ominous) text messages to her ex-boyfriend, she drove through a red light in downtown Miami in the rented Smart Car she was driving and into a moving truck. The crash, as our Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach DUI defense lawyers know, did not end up killing Dago, but it did claim the life of her 22-year-old friend, Irina Reinoso. The two girls — Dago and the 22-year-old who was killed in the crash — had apparently only been friends for a couple of months. The victim was a student at Miami Dade College who wanted to transfer to Florida International University and eventually work in law enforcement.
The text messages, which were entered into evidence by prosecutors late last month, have given a new angle to what has become regarded as one of the more troubling Miami tragedies “involving young people, booze and car crashes,” the Miami Herald reports. While the prophetic texts listed above were not the only ones Dago sent to her ex that night, they were the most startling. Still, the rest of the text messages do paint a picture of a distraught woman bickering with her ex-boyfriend. In another text message, she wrote to him, “I’m done you ruined me.”
Despite the fact that the incident took place in August of 2013, police waited until the finalization of police reports and blood tests before arresting Dago in January of 2014. Since then, she has been free on bail awaiting trial. Our Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach DUI defense lawyers know that as she awaits her time in criminal court, she has also been on the receiving end of a civil lawsuit filed against her by Reinoso’s family (which has also sued Car2Go, the rental company through which Dago rented the Smart Car).
Despite the apparently damning evidence against her, including the text messages and police records indicating she blew a 0.178 BAC (more than twice the legal limit), Dago has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, which include DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and two counts of DUI with damage to a person. As of last week, a trial date had not been set. If convicted, as our Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach DUI defense lawyers know, Ms. Dago faces tens of thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison, not to mention restitution costs, etc.
If you have any questions about this or any other DUI case, or if you’ve been arrested for or charged with a crime in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade County, please contact our Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach DUI defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert by calling 1-888-5-DEFEND (1-888-533-3363). We look forward to assisting you.