Top DUI Attorney weighs in on DUI Accident

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Wrong Way DUI Driver Causes Accident on Highway 99

Fresno's Top DUI Defense Attorney weighs in on an article about an alleged DUI Accident on Highway 99.  The article states that a man is facing DUI charges after driving the wrong direction on Highway 99.

Investigators say the man was driving South in the Northbound lanes of Highway 99.  It would appear the accident involved a single vehicle, as no other vehicle was mentioned.  It also states the DUI suspect lost control of the vehicle.  Further, four people in the SUV, a Chevy Tahoe, were injured, suffering broken bones, but are expected to be ok.

As the Top DUI Defense Attorney in the Fresno area, I look for certain aspects of the case that are missing from the article.  One factor is the BAC, or Blood Alcohol Content, of the alleged DUI Driver.  There is none mentioned in the article.  It could be a case of alcohol impairment, or possibly impairment allegedly from the use of drugs.  This is important as people have varying levels of tolerance, and testing procedures can lead to inaccurate results in many situations.

A common defense to a DUI is the "Rising Blood Alcohol" defense.  This simply stated is that alcohol may be consumed, but it could still be entering the blood system of the alleged DUI driver at the time driving occurred.

Picture a person with 0.0% BAC.  They drink a 16 oz bottle of tequila.  Depending on various factors, weight, age, meals, absorption, medication, GI tract abnormalities, . . .  there could be enough alcohol to reach a 0.20% or more.  However, they would not reach that level instantly, and may never reach that level.  Certain drugs, including oral birth control, may alter the length of time needed to reach peak levels, and different people, otherwise identical, may reach different peak alcohol levels, and do so in varying lengths of time.

In the case at hand, the subject may have a different BAC when driving then when the authorities tested his blood.  Why did the subject lose control of the vehicle?

I have spent years of my life learning testing, absorption, distribution, and elimination of alcohol and drugs from a person's body.  To be the Top DUI Defense Lawyer, it takes more than a law degree, it takes a specific understanding of the factors that occur with the body and the effects of alcohol.

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Fresno DUI Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Fresno area law enforcement agencies have some of the strictest DUI enforcement policies in the Nation. The first decision an officer makes during the DUI enforcement is the decision to stop the vehicle. It may be a driving pattern, maintenance infraction, tinted windows, or other issues the lead the officer to make that decision. The next decision is whether to have the driver exit the vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation. Factors include odor or alcohol, red watery eyes, and slurred speech. Timely stopping, parking, and fumbling with a license or insurance paperwork, all influence the officers decision to continue the investigation. Once outside the vehicle the subject may sway or have trouble following directions. At the conclusion of the third stage, the officer decides if there is probable cause for an arrest. If you are arrested, there are steps you should take on your own behalf. It is important for anyone cited for DUI to contact the DMV within 10 days to preserve their right to an Admin Per Se Hearing in front of a DMV officer. Failure to contact the DMV within 10 days may result in the suspension of your driving privilege. Remember, the officer arrests at probable cause, but it takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. If the officer does their job right, a large percentage of the people should be found not guilty.

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