The holiday season is upon us in Louisiana and that means spending time with friends and family, attending parties and partaking of festive food and drinks, often including alcohol. It is a time when people may enjoy a drink or two and not be aware of alcohol’s effect on one’s ability to safely drive a car. The combination has the potential to cause a serious and possibly fatal car accident. Anyone facing charges in such a situation is entitled to a criminal defense.
A recent accident took place early one Sunday morning. A man was driving on the I-10 and was allegedly speeding. He reportedly rear-ended a car in front of him and the impact reportedly pushed that car into the vehicle in front of it, causing a chain reaction accident.
The driver and passenger in the first vehicle that was hit were transported to University Medical Center. The passenger was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital and the driver was reported to be in critical condition. The officers who questioned the driver believed responsible for the crash claimed that they detected a smell of alcohol. A sample that was later taken allegedly revealed a blood-alcohol level of .11% which is over the .08% legal limit. Experts say that a person with a BAC level of .11% may show reduced reaction times when driving a motor vehicle.
Car accidents are scary and when alcohol is involved the fear for one’s future may escalate accordingly. Nevertheless, a person facing charges in Louisiana is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in criminal court. The verdict must be supported by the evidence produced. There are rules of gathering and processing evidence that must be observed. The person facing charges has the right to be represented by a criminal defense attorney in order to pursue the best possible result.