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Fatal crash blamed on DWI

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2022 | DWI |

Many people in Minnesota drive to work before sunrise. Then again, some people are on the road at such hours because they have been out all night and are on their way back home. Early morning traffic on a recent Friday resulted in a collision after a vehicle somehow wound up in the wrong lane.

Investigators believe that the driver entered the wrong way on the highway and may have been intoxicated. Sadly, the driver in the vehicle that was hit did not survive the collision. Another person in the same car was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening.

Accusing and proving are two separate issues

It is not enough for police to say that they think a particular driver was intoxicated. Evidence must be presented in court to substantiate the claim beyond a reasonable doubt. For instance, a prosecutor might offer the results of a Breathalyzer test that was taken upon arrest. If prosecutors fail to prove that a driver was intoxicated at the time of a fatal collision, a conviction is not possible.

Can a person suspected of DWI mitigate the circumstances?

There’s no way to predict with 100% certainty what the outcome of Minnesota DWI trial might be. What is known, however, is that a defendant has a better chance of mitigating his or her circumstances by acting alongside experienced legal representation in court. An attorney can protect a client’s rights and make sure that he or she gets a fair trial.