A central Florida woman has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a fatal drunk driving collision.
The Volusia County judge sentenced the 44-year-old woman on Tuesday. Jurors found her guilty of the fatal DUI crash in October.
Authorities believe the woman was speeding in November 2012 when she rear-ended a 22-year-old woman, who was stopped at a red light.
The woman’s blood alcohol level after the crash registered at 0.152 percent, according to police. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08 percent.
Car accidents can cause serious injuries in many ways, especially in rear-end collisions. However, when alcohol or drug use is involved, what could have been a simple car accident may become a serious felony criminal charge. In the state of Florida, a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher, and who causes injuries in an accident may face charges of DUI Manslaughter.
Fatal DUI-related crashes carry very harsh penalties if a driver is convicted. If you or someone you love is facing a DUI Manslaughter or another type of DUI charge, please do not hesitate to contact our Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton. We proudly fight to protect the rights of our clients accused of crimes by building an aggressive defense that seeks to obtain the best possible outcome. Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.