Individuals who are arrested and charged with DUI come from diverse age ranges, incomes, and ethnic backgrounds. Top level executives and high-level officials are just as likely to get stopped and charged as low-income drivers. In a recent case, an 84-year-old driver was arrested and charged with DUI after allegedly hitting a Birmingham police officer with his car. In addition to the penalties associated with driving under the influence, the driver could also face penalties related to the accident. The case sheds light on the varying circumstances of DUI cases and the serious penalties that could impact any driver upon conviction.
Alabama’s 13 reports the 84-year-old was arrested and charged after he struck a police officer with his car. The case is still under investigation, while the defendant is being held in Jefferson County jail on a $60,000 bond. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are experienced in the investigation of complex DUI cases. In addition to initiating an immediate investigation on behalf of our clients, we will provide aggressive and strategic defense to minimize penalties. Our legal team is committed to providing informed counsel to protect the rights of defendants who come from all walks of life.
Police reports allege that the driver was under the influence of alcohol when he struck the officer. The police officer suffered a broken leg and broken right elbow and will have to undergo surgery. According to reports, the officer also suffered from a dislocated shoulder. He remained in the hospital for several days after the accident. The driver is being charged with first-degree assault.
According to reports, the crash occurred late night over the weekend after another officer in Birmingham was fatally shot. An officer was working at the scene of another accident on Interstate 20/59 when the defendant allegedly struck the officer. The defendant was arrested in 1988 for DUI but was acquitted.
After any DUI charge or accident, it is important that the case be reviewed by an experienced and independent advocate. Every case demands a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident, review action taken by officers, and to challenge any evidence illegally obtained. After an accident, officers will seek to establish the blood-alcohol content of the driver, either through breathalyzer, urine or a blood sample. It is important to have any evidence reviewed by an attorney to ensure that tests were properly administered. In addition to BAC evidence, a defense team should also review the circumstances of the arrest, witness statements, and other viable evidence.
Any case that results in an injury or accident will carry additional penalties and charges. In this case, the defendant is being charged with first-degree assault and could face an extended jail sentence upon conviction. The defendant also had a prior record which could impact the results of the case. For defendants who have previously been charged with DUI, it is critical to consult with an experienced attorney who can review evidence and allegations in your case. Even if you were drinking and driving, an experienced advocate can ensure that you are not over-charged or over-penalized for your alleged offenses.