DUI Manslaughter, Property Damage and Serious Bodily Injury
Driving under the influence is a criminal charge virtually anyone can pick up, says Broward DUI lawyer William Moore of the William Moore Criminal Defense Law Firm. In fact, many people who come to his Fort Lauderdale office have never been previously arrested. Others come with multiple DUI arrests in the past. In either scenario, Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore can provide outstanding legal representation in the local criminal justice system. Additionally, he handles other types of criminal defense cases and DUI with property damage or causing serious bodily injury. He also represents defendants in DUI manslaughter cases.
Simple driving under the influence often comes with related charges. However, several defenses are available, according to Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore. For example, if the breath test machine was inaccurate or not properly calibrated, the law enforcement official did not have a valid reason to stop the vehicle in the first place, there was no breathalyzer test, the police officer did not properly administer the roadside field sobriety tests – all of these factors could have ramifications for the state’s case against you.
DUI causing property damage is a common charge after a person is involved in a car accident and the law enforcement officials responding to the scene suspect the driver is intoxicated (under the influence of drugs or alcohol). This can happen several ways: an accident with another car is one, particularly if the other vehicle sustains significant damage. Unfortunately, even a relatively minor car accident can result in hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of auto repair bills. Rear-ending a vehicle at a red light, side-swiping another car during freeway merging, making a left turn in front of oncoming traffic, and failing to yield can all cause accidents with notable damage. Of course, these accidents are not necessarily the fault of the driver who is accused of DUI. Alternatively, the accident could be a single-car accident involving public property, like a stop light or utility pole, or items on private property such as a mailbox or even a building or home.
DUI with serious bodily injury and DUI manslaughter are often charged when a driver is accused of being drunk and is involved in an accident in which people are hurt or killed. These cases are often very emotional for both the driver and his or her family as well as the victim and his or her loved ones. Experienced legal representation is key, as all of these are felonies and can result in lengthy prison sentences upon conviction.