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Florence County man faces felony DUI charges

On behalf of Anderson Law Firm posted in Drunk Driving on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Police have arrested and charged a Florence County man with felony DUI resulting in death. In the early morning hours, the accused allegedly lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line and ran head-on into a motorcycle. The motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deaths that result from accidents cause many, including the police, to seek immediate justice. However, when an individual is accused of drunk driving, the justice system should be allowed to play out as it is intended.

DUI charges bring harsh penalties that can include license revocation, fines and jail sentences. Since so much is at stake, it is important that an accused drunk driver finds a criminal defense team that will analyze the evidence in a case to determine if field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests were properly administered.

In the case of the Florence County man, it is unclear whether or not a field sobriety or Breathalyzer test was administered immediately after the accident. If the tests were given later, then it would be harder for prosecutors to prove what the driver's blood alcohol content was at the time of the accident.

Field sobriety and Breathalyzer test procedures are not always adhered to, which may result in inaccurate readings. An arrest in these types of situations may be unjust and undeserving.

Despite the tragedy surrounding this specific story, anyone facing DUI charges has specific constitutional rights that must be upheld. A person is entitled to a criminal defense. They also remain innocent until prosecutors can prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: WMBF News, "Man charged with felony DUI in Alligator Rd crash," June 11, 2012

Tags: Breathalyzer, DUI, Florence County, drunk driving, field sobriety tests

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