Defending a DUI case requires an examination of the facts, so those facts most favorable to your legal position can be presented to the Court. The goal is to minimize the range of punishment, keep some of your driving privileges, to stay out of jail, and keep the financial impact of a DUI at a minimum. Common DUI defense tactics include challenging the field sobriety test results, and questioning the validity of the initial traffic stop. But, if your case also involves an accident, you will have to “beef up” your defense in order to reach a favorable result. This is especially true if the accident resulted in an injury.

While an accident with injury will escalate the possible range of punishment, there are two types of injuries on which the State will place its focus.  For DUI with an accident, the law provides for the following forms of punishment:

  • For accidents that cause minor injuries, the punishment is up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.00.
  • Causing a serious injury from drinking and driving is classified as a felony and is punishable by an incarceration of up to five years and a monetary fine of up to $5,000.00.

These possible punishments are serious, and for that reason should be given the legal attention they deserve. The key is to act fast, by requesting copies of the field sobriety test results, the officer’s notes, and any dash cam video. It may seem impossible to defend against these types of heightened charges, but a competent DUI defense attorney can help you keep your freedom and also keep you on the road. Our approach is individualized, meaning we examine the specific facts of your case and develop a defense strategy that fits those facts. We understand the importance of a successful criminal defense, and work with you to come up with a defense that works for you. For more information or to stay on top of the latest updates in the law, follow us on social media.


For more information about DUI’s, call an experienced defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer an initial consultation for no charge, and look forward to helping you resolve your case in a satisfactory way.