After an auto accident in Texas, one of the first things law enforcement will assess is whether alcohol or drugs were involved. This is especially true following a fatal crash. Drivers who make an egregious mistake causing an accident will immediately be detained and investigated. If there is suspicion of driving while intoxicated, there will be an arrest with charges. Depending on the severity of the accident, these charges can be serious with harsh penalties for a conviction. From the beginning, it is imperative to prepare a defense against the allegations.
Motorcyclists killed in collision
Seven motorcyclists were hit by a car. Three died and four were hurt. The riders were in the area for a meeting of their motorcycle club and to celebrate its anniversary. The club is for retired law enforcement who are also motorcycle enthusiasts. The accident happened when the vehicle crossed the center line of the road and hit the riders head-on. The 28-year-old driver was arrested and charged with several counts including intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter. He also has an immigration violation. The four injured riders were admitted to the hospital and their condition was reportedly critical.
Understanding the charges and formulating a defense are key
People who are accused of DWI may face substantial penalties even if the arrest stems from a simple traffic stop and breath test. A driver’s license suspension, jail time and fines are possible. Depending on the blood-alcohol concentration, how many times the person has been arrested and convicted of DWI and other factors, it can cause major challenges personally and financially. If there is a fatal accident, the potential penalties are exponentially worse. Although it is a terrible occurrence when there is a fatal auto accident, that does not automatically mean the driver was guilty of DWI.
It is possible that there were other circumstances that made it appear as if the driver was under the influence such as illness or having used medication. Even if there is evidence that the driver was committing DWI, it may have been gathered in a way that violated the driver’s rights. There could be alternatives for a plea agreement to reduce the charges from the initial severity. Having a legal advocate to help with a DWI/DUI defense is integral to achieving a reasonable outcome. This is particularly true after a fatal accident. Before saying or doing anything to make the situation worse, a consultation with an experienced professional can help with determining the next step.