Mobile, AL- An Alabama woman landed in hot water this week after causing a wreck that left a construction worker seriously injured over the weekend.
Police say that 26 year-old Amanda Brown was leaving a wedding in the Birmingham area Saturday night when she struck a man working in the area. Brown struck Bobby Joe Smith, 48, pinning him between her SUV and a bulldozer, AL.com reports.
Upon impact, one of Smith’s legs was completely severed and the other was partially severed, according to AL.com. He also suffered internal injuries.
Witnesses to the accident told AL.com that Brown attempted to drive away from the scene, but they stopped her. She then just walked away from the scene to her apartment which was nearby.
She was apprehended and charged with driving under the influence, first-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. Police said she later admitted to being intoxicated.
Smith had to have one of his legs amputated and is still recovering from his horrific injuries. Doctors may be able to save his other leg.
His coworkers said he was behind safety cones and the area they were working in was well-lit.
It’s true that not all DUI offenders are responsible for tragic accidents like this one. MADD estimates that a person can drive under the influence of alcohol close to 80 times before they are ever arrested. That is alarming and that fact, along with this horrible accident, demonstrate why Alabama’s DUI laws are getting tougher.
Too many motorists don’t realize they could be facing up to one year in jail and a suspension of their driver’s license for 90 days or more. Recent changes to the Alabama’s DUI laws also gave judges the authority to order first-time DUI offenders to install interlock devises in their cars. The costs of which come out of a convicted offender’s pocket, making the overall cost of a DUI several thousand dollars.
It doesn’t matter is you are facing a first DUI or a repeat offense, you need help with your DUI defense. This not a charge you can handle alone or with the advice or a well-meaning friend. A conviction will not look good on your record and you will pay for a DUI for years to come. It will impact your personal life and your job, especially if you have trouble getting transportation. Your pocket will take a big hit and your insurance rates will skyrocket.
Our Alabama attorneys strive to give you outstanding representation and do what is necessary to ensure a DUI conviction does not haunt you. After listening to the details of your case, your Mobile DUI attorney will determine the best approach to take in your case. If plea bargain is in your best interest they are capable of helping you get the best deal. If you’ll fare better in court, they are prepared to fight for you. You can avoid a regrettable conviction by contacting an attorney.