As the summer holiday season is in full swing in Florida, it is a known fact that many people on the roads are out driving after they have been drinking. Whether a casual beer at a backyard barbeque or a night of heavy drinking on the town, such acts put innocent people at risk unnecessarily. When drivers make the choice to get behind the wheel of vehicles after consuming alcohol, they need to be prepared for the consequences of their actions.
Sadly, in one case these consequences included the death of a 33-year-old husband and father of three. The accident took place in December of 2015 and a jury in Collier County recently completed deliberations and issued its findings in a trial on the matter. The defendant was found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence causing injury, one felony county of DUI with serious bodily injury and one felony charge of DUI manslaughter.
The driver will be sentenced in mid August and if he receives the maximum time, he could spend 22 years in prison. The man is said to have been driving 13 miles over the speed limit at the time of the accident. When his blood alcohol content was taken, it measured between 0.139 and 0.14 percent, well over the 0.08 percent legal limit. It is not known if civil actions have been initiated or not.
People who are injured, lose loved ones or both in serious accidents caused by negligent drivers may find it helpful to talk to a lawyer to learn about their options for compensation during these difficult times.
Source: Naples Daily News, "Rene Miles convicted of DUI manslaughter in Golden Gates Estates crash," Patrick Riley, June 20, 2017