The Kalamazoo County prosecutor, Jeff Getting, announced that the Assistant Prosecutor, Paige Timmer, has been fired after a police report that she was involved in a drunk driving accident. The accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday and caused serious injuries in both Timmer and the driver of the other car, Lenia Harris.
Not a good day for Timmer
According to police reports the accident occurred when Timmer was driving a 2009 Toyota Rav 4 on Stadium Drive, near West Lovell Street, Kalamazoo. The Rav 4 crossed the center line and sideswiped the 2002 Nissan Sentra driven by Harris. The Rav then struck a utility pole, a fire hydrant, and light pole. The accident was reported just before 2:20 am. The Public Safety Detectives are investigating whether Timmer was drinking prior to the accident.
Both the injured women were taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital for treatment of incapacitating injuries. Harris was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Police investigating the accident said that they took a blood alcohol sample from Timmer but not from Harris.
Getting in his statement announcing the firing of Timmer said that his office will not handle the case to avoid conflict of interest. He has, instead, turned the case over to the State Attorney General’s office. They will either handle the case themselves or hand it over to another county prosecuting office.
Reports say that both the vehicles involved in the accident were heavily damaged. The driver’s side near the front of the Rav was impacted by the collision while the main impact on the Sentra was near the center of the driver’s side.
Finger waving time
Timmer has thanked the people who communicated with her after the accident and said that she has retained the services of a DUI attorney in Kalamazoo, MI to help fight possible charges against her. She has also pointed out that she is being held to a higher standard of accountability because of her public role. Getting has refused to comment further on the accident and its investigation saying that any charges will be made during a formal prosecution.
Defending DUI charges
A DUI conviction can lead to severe penalties. As such anyone who has been accused of drunk driving or driving while impaired needs to immediately retain the services of experienced DUI attorneys in Kalamazoo. A DUI conviction can lead to loss of employment, fines, and imprisonment depending on the severity of the accident and its consequences.
However, a hard working and dedicated DUI lawyer in Kalamazoo will be able to assess the evidence against you and determine whether it is legally admissible in court. This depends on various factors such as the way the evidence was collected and preserved as well as the actual circumstances of the accident.
In order to prove a DUI charge the prosecution has to show that the blood alcohol levels of the accused exceeded the permitted limits at the time of the accident. This can be disputed if the blood alcohol test was not administered properly or if the evidence or blood was not collected in the right manner. Success in drunk driving cases largely depend on the attorney you hire, and to find them online, simply log on to USAttorneys.com, a one stop online business directory for hiring competent attorneys.