Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is a traumatic occurrence. Being involved in a motor vehicle accident where you are believed to be at fault is even worse. But nothing can prepare a person for the life-changing experience one will go through when another person is killed or seriously injured in an accident and you are suspected of being at fault.
From the outset, law enforcement is going to handle the accident much differently. Instead of pulling over to the side of the road and exchanging information, police officers are going to shut the road down for several hours and try to gather as much evidence from the roadway, witnesses, and most importantly, you. They are going to ask where you were coming from, what you were doing at the time of the accident, and whether you had been drinking. They are going to ask to look at your cell phone. And, even though you may not be going off in handcuffs that day or night, you can expect that they are planning on filing charges and getting a warrant for your arrest in the future.
It is worse is if you are suspected of drinking, being intoxicated, or under the influence of drugs. In addition to trying to find out where you were coming from (so they can go to the bar or location to talk to witnesses), how much you had to drink, and how you feel, police officers are going to try and get your to perform field sobriety testing. And you can forget about “Do not blow.” Refuse a breath test or blood test and law enforcement is going to take your blood any way, even over your objection, even by using force if necessary.
If you are suspected of and arrested for driving while intoxicated, you can hire a number of qualified DWI attorneys. But if you are in an accident and someone has been killed or seriously injured, you need Board Certified Criminal Attorney Brent Mayr representing you as soon as possible. Why? As the former head of the Harris County District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Section and Fatality Accident Review Team, Brent Mayr has unparalleled experienced and knowledge with how these cases are investigated and prosecuted. He has been out to scene of hundreds of fatality accidents. He has worked with the police officers who conduct these specialized investigations. He knows the “in’s” and “out’s” of what is really happening. He also knows how these cases are prosecuted – what prosecutors and judges are doing. Most importantly, he knows how to provide the most effective representation to individuals suspected and charged with one of these crimes, having represented individuals from all over the state in a number of these high-profile cases.
Below are the various offenses one could face after being involved in an accident where someone is killed: