Melbourne Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Causing a drunk driving accident can result in fines and jail time, not to mention the physical and emotional harm it can create for yourself and others. If you have been arrested for causing an accident due to driving under the influence, you need the guidance of a Melbourne drunk driving accident lawyer.
Getting behind the wheel after a few drinks and causing an accident can lead to a drunk driving arrest and potential felony charges if bodily harm occurs. The legal limit is just .08% blood alcohol content (BAC), so it only takes a small amount of alcohol for the government to consider you drunk. Any BAC level above that can significantly impact your charges if you are involved in an accident after drinking.
The penalties for causing a drunk driving accident can be severe, so it is wise to seek the legal counsel of a drunk driving accident lawyer in Melbourne, Florida, as soon as possible.
As Your Lawyer, I Can Defend Your Rights
The burden of proof always sits with the prosecution in a criminal case. As your defense attorney, I will work diligently to challenge evidence, protect your rights, and build a robust defense to work towards the best possible outcome for your case, ensuring that your interests and legal rights are vigorously represented throughout the entire legal process.
What Penalties Are Possible With A Drunk Driving Accident Conviction?
Depending on the severity of the injury caused, the penalties range from fines to prison.
- Causing bodily injury while driving under the influence can result in a third-degree felony, fines up to $5,000, five years in prison, and losing your driver’s license for three years.
- DUI Manslaughter is a second-degree felony with fines of up to $10,000 and 15 years in prison. You can also lose your license permanently.
- DUI Manslaughter coupled with Leaving the Scene is classified as a first-degree felony, including a $10,000 fine, a maximum prison sentence of 30 years, and permanent revocation of your driver’s license.
The severity of penalties for drunk driving accidents stems from the thousands of annual fatalities caused by such incidents. The criminal justice system aims to remove offenders from the road and potentially incarcerate them. Having a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side will help protect your rights and navigate the legal complexities to pursue the best possible outcome for your case.
What To Expect In Drunk Driving Accident Court
In drunk driving accident court, the judge aims to determine liability and seek a just settlement for the victims. The court will assess the extent of the damages and may hold you accountable for medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses incurred by the victims.
Florida takes drunk driving accidents seriously, and there may be criminal charges filed in addition to any civil proceedings. The court will consider factors such as the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the accident, any previous DUI convictions, and the severity of the injuries or damages caused by the accident.
It is essential to have legal representation during these proceedings as a defendant facing DUI charges. As an experienced DUI attorney, I can help navigate the complexities of Florida’s legal system, protect your rights, and work towards a fair resolution in court.
What A Melbourne Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Can Do For You
As your legal representative, I will remind the court that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and the burden of proof remains on the prosecution. I will build your defense and ensure that you have a fair trial. The services I provide for my clients include the following:
- Examination of the evidence
- Questioning witnesses
- Challenging the prosecution’s case
- Advocating for the defendant’s rights throughout the process
- Ensuring the defendant gets fair treatment
- Exploring all available legal options in your defense
- Helping to mitigate the challenges of a potential conviction
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The Law Office of John A. Spellacy, PLLC Is On Your Side
When the deck is stacked against you, contact my office to discuss your case. With over 50 jury trials under my belt, I have the experience and skills to give you the defense you deserve. Working exclusively with criminal defense cases, I can thoroughly investigate your case, examine the facts, and explore every possible legal defense for you.
I will work tirelessly to get you the best results, whether that means getting bail, challenging evidence, or preparing for trial. Schedule your free case evaluation today so I can start preparing your defense.