Charged With Causing A Drunk Driving Accident?
If you have been charged with a DUI that resulted in an auto accident, call The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates immediately at 407-246-0066 to make sure your legal rights are preserved. You want to get an attorney from Corey Cohen and Associates, founded by a former prosecutor, fighting for you as soon as possible, especially if you are accused of a hit-and-run. Don’t wait to put the skill and knowledge of our team to work in defense of your rights and freedom.
Based in Orlando, our firm serves clients throughout Orange County, Seminole County and beyond. Call 407-246-0066 for a free consultation about your drunk driving charges.
Understanding The Defenses Available
There are many winnable defenses to DUI involving property damage or a crash that many people are not aware of. The charge of DUI has multiple elements that the state must prove for you to be found guilty. The first element that must be proven is that you were driving or were in actual control of the vehicle.
Many times after an accident and before the police show up you are already out of your vehicle. There may be multiple people at the scene of the crash, and the police may have a hard time putting you behind the wheel of the vehicle.
This may surprise you, but the state may have a hard time proving you were the driver even if you admitted to driving. How is this so? In Florida there is a law that anything you tell a police officer during a crash investigation cannot be used against you in court. Even if you admit to driving, the officer cannot testify about that in court.
Now there are exceptions to this law and that is why you need to have an experienced DUI attorney on your side. You need someone who knows the law and every exception to the law so that your rights are protected. Our attorneys have won many cases at trial. Sometimes the wins are based on this doctrine, which is called the “accident report privilege.” It is just one example of a successful defense strategy by Corey Cohen and Associates
Fighting The Civil Penalties You Also Face
As your DUI attorney, a member of our team will also fight any civil citations you may receive as part of the DUI. Many times after a crash if the officer feels that you were at fault, he or she will write you a citation for careless or reckless driving. These are additional points on your record and in some circumstances may result in a suspension of your driving privileges.
Sometimes a DUI that involves an accident makes the best and most winnable DUI case because of numerous factors such as:
- No one can put you behind the wheel of the vehicle at the time of the crash
- You may have performed poorly on the field sobriety exercises because you were injured from the crash
- Your eyes may be bloodshot and watery, your face may be flushed, and your speech may be slurred as consequences of the accident and the trauma of the crash
- Many times being hit on the head with the air bag or any head injury as a result of the accident will throw off the results of the HGN field sobriety exercise
These are a few other effective defenses we have used successfully in the past to win DUI trials that involved an accident.
For more information on how we can successfully defend your DUI case involving an accident, please call Corey Cohen and Associates at 407-246-0066, or you may email us to schedule a free consultation by phone or in person.
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