When the worst happens and you are involved in an accident after drinking, you may wonder what steps you should take to protect your rights. Many accidents can occur even if you are not over the legal limit. You may wonder, “Can I refuse a breathalyzer?” or “Should I leave the accident scene to avoid police?”
If you are drinking and later involved in an accident, remember that any illegal conduct could result in additional criminal penalties. Fleeing an accident scene is a crime. Even after an accident, you can protect your interests and minimize criminal charges or penalties. Last week, an Orlando, Florida driver crashed a car downtown and is now under investigation for DUI.
It is not uncommon for a driver to be overwhelmed with shock after an accident. Still, fleeing an accident scene is a criminal offense could still result in DUI charges. Last wee,k a driver was heading the wrong direction through downtown Orlando on Thursday night. He struck another car causing very serious vehicular damage that required the other driver to be cut out.
The driver of the accident is currently under investigation for DUI, pending the results that driver could face DUI charges. After an accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. An attorney can perform an independent investigation and protect your rights if you are under suspicion of DUI.
Even if your blood alcohol test results are incriminating, an experienced attorney can review the evidence presented against you. Any evidence that is illegally obtained cannot be used against you in court. With aggressive criminal defense, you could minimize any criminal charges and reduce penalties.
This driver could face charges related to the accident as well as a DUI. According to reports, the driver of the other vehicle was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, but is not facing any life-threatening injuries.
Source: 13 News, “Driver cut out of car after downtown Orlando crash,” Aug. 24, 2012
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