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DUI Hit & Run Charges Filed in Deadly Florida Wreck

According to Miami police, a 36-year-old man was caught fleeing the scene of a vehicle accident where someone had died. The police report indicates that before this, the man was seen driving through a red light when he crashed into another car, sending it into bushes off the road. When firemen arrived at the site, the other driver, who was 29 years old, was pronounced dead.

A witness said that the man who ran the red light had exited the car and run away on foot. Another witness said that the man had approached her, asking for a ride and trying to get inside her car. When police saw him, they said the suspect tried to run away, but he was apprehended and arrested. But this suspect faces more than a charge of leaving the scene of a crash; he has also been charged with DUI manslaughter, also known as vehicular homicide.

If a charge of DUI manslaughter is combined with a charge of leaving the scene, this can mean:

  • A $10,000 fine
  • 30 years in prison

This is because this charge is filed as a first degree felony in Florida.

Because of tragic accidents such as these, DUI charges are prosecuted very heavily. But not everyone who faces a DUI charge is actually guilty, as a case could be riddled with errors and legal missteps. Yet far less serious cases than these can lead to life-changing penalties, as even a misdemeanor DUI charge would land you with permanent criminal record.

If you or someone you know faces harsh DUI charges, find out how our Tampa DUI lawyers may be able to fight for your every right. You can start discovering any available defense strategies when you get in touch with Thomas & Paulk, P.A. as soon as possible.

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