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Woman charged for DUI after fatal wreck

A 32-year-old Florida woman was accused of being impaired when she allegedly caused a fatal crash over the summer. The Boca Pointe resident was charged for vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter. She was held in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail and was released on bond about six hours after she was detained.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has not offered many details about the crash. However, they say that the fatal car accident took place in mid-July at the intersection of Palmetto Park Road and Highway 441. A 31-year-old man who was involved in the wreck was pronounced dead shortly after the incident. Police allege that the woman was under the influence of alcohol or drugs while she was behind the wheel at the time.

When an individual is charged with driving under the influence, the allegations may result from some type of indicators that were observed by police officers or a test that was administered at the scene. Depending on the strength of the evidence, a defendant's lawyer may dispute the charges that their client was driving while intoxicated by arguing that the testing methods were insufficient.

A criminal defense lawyer might help a defendant in a DUI case by casting doubt on the accuracy of the testing methods that were used by police officers. For instance, a field sobriety test that was conducted after a fatal accident may be unreliable due to the distressed mental state of the accused driver. A blood test may also be brought into question if there is evidence that it was mishandled.

Source: Boca News Now, "Boca's Kelsey Cooper Charged With DUI Manslaughter", October 08, 2014

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