Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to many different encounters including drunk driving accidents. A drunk driver typically struggles with their abilities including their ability to see, to use their physical reflexes to prevent an accident, and the ability to process thoughts clearly so that a mistake isn’t made. The trouble is, many drivers who get behind the wheel of a vehicle drunk aren’t aware they shouldn’t be driving until they engage in the act and realize they aren’t in any condition to be driving. But, driving while intoxicated is a punishable crime in the city of Fort Myers, FL and becomes an even harsher infraction when the motorist is involved in an accident that was directly caused by the drunk driver themselves.
Fort Myers, FL drunk driving accident attorney Michael M. Raheb helps individuals facing DUI charges including those that stem from causing a drunk driving accident get their charges dismissed and their sentences reduced.
What is Considered Driving Under the Influence in the State of Florida?
According to Florida Statute 316.193, a person can be charged with DUI if they:
- “Are driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state.”
- “The person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s. 877.111, or any substance controlled under chapter 893, when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired.”
- The individual has a BAC, blood-alcohol content level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
- A person’s breath-alcohol level is 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
What Rights Does a Police Officer Have If I Caused a Drunk Driving Accident?
While police officers in Fort Myers are able to make an arrest if they have reason to believe you are operating your vehicle while intoxicated, they can also use a reasonable amount of force in the event your recklessness has caused a drunk driving accident which resulted in a serious bodily injury or a death.
Under state statute 316.1933, a serious bodily injury “means an injury to any person, including the driver, which consists of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss of impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.”
In the event an accident does occur, an officer of the law may use a reasonable amount of force to require a person to submit to the administration of a blood test.
Here’s why you need a skilled Fort Myers drunk driving accident lawyer working on your side if you are guilty of causing a drunk driving accident that has resulted in an injury or death.
Whether you are looking at serving some time behind bars or wish to get your probation sentence reduced, the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. located in Fort Myers will fight for your rights and work to obtain a favorable outcome. There’s only one person who will have your best interest in mind during this confusing time and that is DUI lawyer Michael M. Raheb. You can contact him now or at any other time of the day simply by calling 866-949-0888