Many different factors could ultimately result in a motor vehicle accident that is nothing more than an accident, as opposed to being caused by illegal activity. For example, an exhausted driver could be in a crash due to fatigue. However, police officers in Texas and across the county may be quick to assume that an accident that occurs during the early morning hours is the result of drunk driving.
In fact, a woman in Texas now faces criminal charges following an accident that happened at approximately 2:40 a.m. on a day in late August. Deputies say they were called to the scene of a car on fire. When they arrived, they say they discovered a 28-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son outside of a burning vehicle.
Reports suggest that the woman was unable to maintain her lane while headed east. As a result, the vehicle is said to have crashed into a cable barrier before catching fire. Both the mother and son suffered burns and were transported to the hospital by helicopter.
Though it is unclear how law enforcement officials made the determination that the woman was under the influence of alcohol, she is now accused of intoxication assault. Regardless of the assumptions about drunk driving made by Texas law enforcement officers about the cause of a motor vehicle accident, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Because many people facing such accusations feel unprepared to appropriately respond to them on their own, many seek help from an experienced professional.