If you are involved in an accident in Florida and are charged with DUI and vehicular homicide, you will be facing serious charges that carry life-altering consequences. Call Jacksonville Florida DUI lawyer Malcolm Anthony with your first phone call and let him do all the talking for you.
Recently 50-year old Keith Harris of Jacksonville was charged with DUI and vehicular homicide, amongst other charges, when he was involved in an automobile accident that took the life of 21-year old La’Shaun Diane Ealey on I 95, near Church Street in Jacksonville. Not only was Ms. Ealey killed but also her passenger suffered serious, life-threatening injuries. Harris, who was allegedly found to be under the influence of Meth Amphetamine was apprehended later having allegedly fled the scene of the crash. If found guilty DUI Vehicular Homicide and DUI manslaughter leaving the scene of an accident, Harris faces a minimum or 21 months in prison up to 30-years and fines up to $10,000. In addition to a hefty fine and long prison sentence, Harris can be forced to undergo rehabilitation and if offered probation, required to perform community service.
Adding manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of an accident to your DUI charge, escalates the degree of the charges to a Class One felony. While these are serious charges it does not necessarily mean that you are guilty. It may be that the reckless driving of the victim contributed to the accident in the first place and was not your fault. The victim may have been driving distracted or under the influence of drugs and alcohol themselves. The police may have failed to follow procedures in securing blood alcohol tests, or perhaps the equipment used for drug and alcohol screening was out of date or improperly calibrated.
No matter what the circumstances surrounding an accident and arrest you cannot fight the charges alone. Now more than ever you need someone with a passion and courage to stand up to authorities and fight on your behalf. Police officers make mistakes and cut corners all the time. Call Jacksonville DUI lawyer Malcolm Anthony today.