A DUI involving an Accident
A DUI charge includes being pulled over by the police, based upon a reasonable cause to do so, and being tested for the presence of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances. If the BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is .08% or higher or an observable impairment of faculties is present then you will be charged with a DUI and your license will be automatically suspended.
If an accident has taken place, then this becomes an even more serious legal situation for you. It is far more dangerous to have been involved in an accident in DUI cases than to simply have been physical control of a vehicle. The Florida Law on this subject states in Section 316.913 the following:
When a person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances or controlled substances to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired or a BAC of 0.08 and higher and that person a) operates a vehicle and b) by reason of such operation causes or contributes to causing damage to the property or person of another they commit a misdemeanor of the first degree.
A DUI that also involves an accident and damage will be treated much more harshly by state prosecutors. The possibility of receiving the maximum sentencing increases, and every effort should be made to hire an experienced West Palm Beach DUI lawyer for your defense.
Taking Action to Defend against DUI Charges
There are many actions that DiRenzo & Weick can take in your defense. We are seasoned and professional lawyers with a long track record in the practice of DUI defense. The fact of being arrested in a DUI case involving an accident does not mean that you will be found guilty. There are many aspects of these charges and the evidence involved that should be examined and challenged. We seek to get a dismissed charge, acquittal, reduced charge or alternative sentencing for our clients.
To better understand your case and explain the various options and strategies available it is best to contact a West Palm Beach DUI Accident Lawyer for a complimentary initial consultation.