A 38-year-old Florida man was arrested following a fatal car accident in May. He faces drunk driving charges along with property damage and child neglect. A crash report states that the man disregarded a stop sign on May 19, and crashed into an SUV that was in the intersection at the time.
A 37-year-old passenger in the car suffered critical injuries that caused her death, which was pronounced at the hospital. Her three children, who were also passengers in the car, suffered injuries of unreported severity. The driver was also transported to the hospital.
According to a police report, the driver was questioned at the hospital. Officers allege the man was uncooperative and argumentative with the staff, and because he seemed impaired, officers wanted to have his blood alcohol content measured. However, he refused, and they obtained a warrant from a county judge. A blood sample was later taken against the driver’s will, and the BAC level was measured at .259 percent, which is more than triple the legal limit in Florida.
When a driver in Florida faces drunk driving charges, it makes sense to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can explain the rights to refuse to provide a blood sample, and having legal counsel present to protect the client’s legal rights during any questioning and all other legal proceedings is crucial. The attorney can examine charges and scrutinize the procedures used during the arrest and also when they obtained the blood sample.