Alpharetta, Ga. – A horrifying crash involving a wrong way driver was reported off of Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta this past week.
Officer reported that two major injuries were reported as well as a fatality.
The causes of the accident are unclear. However, as a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will cover the correlation between DUI and accidents in today's post.
DUI and Accidents in Georgia
If an accused DUI driver is involved in a car accident, the accident itself can be used to support a DUI charge by showing that the person was less safe to drive depending on the circumstances of the accident.
A car accident may also frustrate a favorable negotiation with the prosecution. Georgia DUI Penalties are likely to be more severe when a car accident is involved even when no person or property was injured or damaged. Also, the accident itself can be used as an indication of less safe driving, which is an element of the DUI offense itself.
Much like if an officer witnesses an alleged traffic violation, if an officer witnesses drivers in distress, he or she has every legal right to approach each vehicle and perform an in-depth investigation.
This can lead to a search of the vehicle or even a DUI investigation. A vehicle search can lead to drug possession charges while a DUI investigation can obviously lead to DUI charges.
If you or a loved one has been accused of causing a serious accident or driving under the influence or both, call our offices now.