A Broward County crash resulted in charges of drunk driving for a Fort Myers man. The man might use a Fort Lauderdale DUI Defense Attorney to fight allegations that he was under the influence while he drove the vehicle. The man allegedly crashed his vehicle while he was traveling south on Interstate 75. The crash resulted in a fatality.
Authorities say that the man’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. However, it’s up to law enforcement to gather the evidence and prove the case. The man can work with a Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney in order to ensure that the police conducted the investigation in a lawful way and argue any defenses that may apply to the case. If the police failed to conduct chemical testing using established protocol, the results of their investigation may be invalid.
Police report that the driver crashed into a vehicle carrying 15 people. In addition to the fatality, there were several other people who suffered injuries. Because the crash resulted in a fatality and injuries, the man faces serious felony charges. The crash also closed the road for several hours while police conducted an investigation and cleared the scene. Other drivers reported the man’s poor driving before the crash.
Even though a DUI arrest is somewhat routine, it’s a complicated investigation. In cases where there’s no crash, law enforcement must have a lawful reason to investigate. They must have probable cause to ask you to take field sobriety tests or take a chemical test.
Field sobriety tests are standardized. That means the officer must administer them in a certain way. Not all sobriety tests are backed by science. If the police ask you to say the alphabet or touch your finger to your nose, your Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer can help you explain to the jury how the police failed to use proper procedures. Even when the police give you standardized tests, errors in the testing procedure can render the results invalid. Your Fort Lauderdale DUI Defense Attorney can help you build your case in order to show the jury where the police made mistakes.
The consequences for drunk driving can be serious. If you hurt someone or if you have repeat offenses, you may even face time in prison. In all drunk driving cases, you risk jail time, fines, probation, mandatory treatment services and a loss of your driver’s license. If you or someone you know have been in a similar legal situation contact Hassett & Associates, P.A. at 954-791-3939.