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Trauma Leads to Questioning of DUI Conviction

The 2010 head-on collision that killed one driver was easily declared to be a case of DUI manslaughter as the responsible driver tested at over three times the legal limit for blood alcohol intoxication. However, one year later the case has further unfolded, providing evidence that suggests that the accident may not be so clear cut.

The less than usual circumstances surrounding the crash reveal that the driver was a Marine captain who had earned significant recognition for his heroic deeds in Afghanistan and Iraq. Not only does he suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the courageous actions he took overseas, such as digging a mass grave for civilians of Iraq, he also suffered severe blood loss and blunt head trauma while serving.

It is now believed that the Marine's mental, emotional and physical scars could be the reason for his driving accident. When someone suffers brain injury and trauma, the person becomes much more prone to episodes of dissociation and blackouts for which they cannot be held responsible for their actions. Rather than a case of drunk driving, this could be a case in need of insanity defense.

If you or someone you know has been charged or arrested for drunk driving in Tampa, then securing legal counsel is the next best step to take. At Thomas & Paulk, an experienced DUI defense attorney is available to advise you about the upcoming events involved with your case. In many criminal cases such as those involving drunk driving, an attorney at the firm can help determine whether or not your case involves additional evidence to support your innocence and protect your rights.

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