Following a multi-vehicle wreck, many may be quick to jump to hasty conclusions. Oftentimes, drunk driving is one of the first things that people suspect after a car accident occurs. However, there are many reasons why a driver may display behaviors that are similar to that of intoxication. In order for someone to be convicted on such a serious charge, it has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver was intoxicated when the accident occurred.
A 29-year-old man was recently arrested following a multi-vehicle accident in Texas. The accident that involved six vehicles started when the 29-year-old was veering outside the traffic lanes. While approaching a red light, the man's vehicle struck the back of an SUV, propelling the SUV into four other cars. Two people were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for accident injuries. The 29-year-old was also taken to the hospital before he was arrested.
When attempting to convict someone on drunk driving charges, prosecutors will often point to breathalyzer or field sobriety test results. Both methods of testing intoxication can be dubious. There are very specific ways in which such tests must be conducted. For example, breathalyzer tests must be properly calibrated and field sobriety tests must be administered by someone licensed to conduct such tests.
If it can be proven that police failed on any of these accounts, it may render the evidence used against a defendant invalid. This is just one way in which alleged drunk drivers can defend themselves against a DUI charge. Every criminal charge requires the best possible defense strategies.
Source: KBTX, "Drunk Driver Arrested after Multi-Vehicle Wreck Along University Drive," April 3, 2014