YOU won't be able to beat the case. The DA will simply take what your saying as an excuse without legal justifications for reducing or dismissing. It may even need to go Trial.
As for the DD, did you give the police a name and phone number to contact that person? If not, think of how that would sound to the police - someone crashes, claims DD fled, but can't provide name and number. They don't have to take fingerprints, but if you have witnesses that will help. Do you have witness who not only saw you leave the bar with a DD, but that that the DD was also actually driving.
You have 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV in order to prevent automatic license suspension. Consult a few local DUI attorneys to get some answers and get the help you need. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO THIS ON YOUR OWN. You will only get yourself in more trouble.
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Burden of going forward and of persuasion is on the prosecution, however, they must prove you were operating the vehicle beyond a reasonable doubt.
You know who the driver was, why not subpoena him? He has to come. He may take the 5th, but that might help you also..
Main thing is to not cave, to hire a local DUI attorney, don't chince out, and take this down the line. Many people had rather save their wallet and take the rap. Dont do it. Do the full monty on investigation and bring in the driver.
Did you ask for fingerprints while at the scene? That would have been a nice point of interest if you had.....
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DUI with accident can be a very serious offense. Depending on the injuries, you could be facing a significant amount of jail time. Having a defense is a good start; but you're going to need the assistance of an experienced attorney to successfully mount that defense. I'm not saying this to scare you; I'm saying this so you can understand how absolutely important it is for you to hire an attorney on this one, especially since its possible you may go down for something you didn't do. I am happy to provide you a free consultation to review the facts of your case and assess your options and course of action.
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Do not post anything else on the list. It sounds like you were at the wrong place at the wrong time. There are plenty of avenues in which to fight this case. Westminster Court is a tough court and you definitely need expert preparation.
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If the real driver is never brought to justice but you gave information to the police about this person, you can point out in trial that the investigation was incomplete and therefore should not be accorded substantial weight. Kyles v. Whitley.