DeKalb County police were involved in a multi vehicle accident. As of right now there are no details being released as to the cause of the accident.
Even though more details will need to be provided, as a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will provide a closer look at accidents and driving under the influence in the state of Georgia today.
Accidents and Driving Under the Influence in Georgia
If a driver is involved in a car accident, the accident itself can be used to support a DUI charge by showing that the accused driver was less safe to drive depending on the circumstances of the accident.
The reality is that when an officer is called to the scene of an accident and sees a driver in distress, the officer has legal cause to approach the vehicle and investigate and offer assistance. The officer's primary duty is to aid all distressed drivers. However while aiding those drivers, the officer can also investigate the cause of the accident. This can obviously lead to a DUI investigation in his search to determine what caused the wreck.
Any traffic violation can be used by the prosecution to show that the driver was less safe to drive and therefore support an accusation of driving under the influence.
However, when an accident is involved, the accused driver is looking at more serious offenses such as:
These types of traffic violations lead to higher Georgia DUI Penalties. Penalties for a DUI are intense, and with additional penalties from DUI related offenses, a person is facing some very severe consequences.
With practically every arrest for DUI in Georgia comes other related charges. If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact us today.