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Does the court assume a direct correlation between a DUI >.08 and an accident during the driving of the intoxicated person?

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To my understanding, there is room to argue that the accident wasn't caused by the alcohol even if the person were drunk. If there is no evidence that suggests an other item caused the accident, is it automatically assumed that the drunk driving caused the accident and resulting injury of second party?

This is a one car accident. Party injured is a passenger.

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    A blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more within 3 hours of the accident allows the prosecutor to use a jury instruction that creates a presumption that you were under the influence.

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  2. Yes. If you are drunk and you have a single vehicle accident, it is inferred that the drunk driver failed to prevent his vehicle from hitting a stationary object. I have yet to see an Oak Tree charged as a Co-Defendant.

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  3. If you were operating a car under the unfluence and crashed it, you would have a pretty hard time convincing anybody that the alcohol had nothing to do with the crash. I suppose there could be circumstances where a crash was not caused by drinking- for example if the car was parked and the hypothetical oak tree fell on it.

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  4. Bottom line is retain a local DUI lawyer to defend the charges, and stay off the sauce while driving.

  5. Consult with an attorney.

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  6. In California, there is a presumption of intoxication at that magic 0.08% blood alcohol level.

    In looking at the comments to some of the other answers, I'm not clear on whether they have a valid blood alcohol level on you or not. The validity of a test taken outside of 3 hours from the driving is questionable. If the testing was done some time after the driving, the prosecution must rely on backwards calculations as to what the driver's alcohol level "must have" been. It's subject to attack, since there is not a 100% calculation they can rely on.

    Your question is a good one, but it's one that is only going to be answered accurately by an attorney who has access to the entire case - all the reports and statements, the chemical testing (including calibration and maintenance records of the equipment used). Having said that, any measurable amount of alcohol and a collision with injuries to another party (including a passenger in your own vehicle) is problematic.

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  7. There is a presumption that you were driving under the influence. Look at the charge and see what it says. Hire a criminal lawyer to defend you if you believe you have a winning argument. Best of luck.

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  8. Since this was a one car accident, most likely. However, in answer to the first part of your question no. For example, if a drunk driver was sitting at a red light and was rear ended, the fact that he was drunk would be meaningless.

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