Driving under the influence of alcohol is a major cause of accidents in the U.S., and unfortunately, many of these accidents result in serious injuries or even death.
DUI Related Accident Can Have Serious Implications
A DUI arrest along with being involved in a motor vehicle accident can carry extremely serious consequences, especially if injuries or death occurred. Dealing with a potential drunk driving conviction, more charges, and a possible felony on your record can be a stressful situation for anyone.
A felony on your criminal record will affect your life forever, in terms of your career, reputation, ability to own firearms and obtain a driver’s license. These serious consequences make it important for those who have been accused of DUI with injuries in Pennsylvania to be able to defend themselves, with the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney.
Common Drunk Driver Hit and Run Defenses
Some common defenses to drunk driver accident charges might include:
- You were not driving the vehicle that caused the accident. While police can easily identify a vehicle that was involved in an accident, it is not always simple to identify the actual driver.
- You were not guilty of DUI. If the police do not have physical evidence that your blood alcohol content was above the legal limit and you were not drunk at the time of the accident, you might have a defense against the drunk driver charge.
- The police broke the law while gathering evidence. If the police did not follow all of the proper procedures and afford you all of your rights during the investigation and arrest, then some of the evidence gathered may be inadmissible at trial, giving you the opportunity to negotiate a favorable settlement.
If you have been arrested for a DUI and face additional charges for a related automobile accident, it is in your best interest to call an experienced DUI attorney who can guide you through the process and provide you with options. Steven Kellis will mount a strong defense to minimize your charges or attempt to have them dismissed entirely. Contact our firm for a free initial consultation today.