A 16-year-old Winter Springs teen was arrested Thursday on charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in a crash that claimed the life of an 18-year-old friend, according to Winter Springs police.
The teen was driving east on Shepard Road near Lisa Loop about 4:45 a.m. Aug. 27 when he lost control of the car, which left the road and hit a tree.
The passenger, died.
The teen allegedly had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The teen’s blood-alcohol content was apparently over the legal limit for Florida drivers.
It should also be noted that people younger than 21 cannot legally consume alcohol.
The teen was going at least 75 mph in a 25 mph zone.
The teen was booked into the Seminole County Juvenile Assessment Center on Thursday afternoon.
There are defenses in DUI manslaughter cases, which our Seminole County Criminal Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can use. Even if the evidence stacked against you seems overwhelming, there are certain circumstances that could lead to such evidence being thrown out of court.
Being charged with DUI manslaughter is a very serious offense that will forever impact your life if convicted. Florida is one of those states that imposes strict DUI laws to deter drivers from driving drunk, and these penalties are enhanced on a regular basis.
Regardless of your age, a DUI manslaughter charge can haunt you for the rest of your life. It is best to act fast after a DUI arrest. The sooner you have access to a criminal defense attorney, the better your chances are.
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