This is another sad scenario where yet another drunken driver has negatively affected two lives. Obviously, the young Gulf Breeze man that lost his life in the crash and now Mr. Medina will more than likely serve a lengthy prison sentence for his actions. As a former DUI defense lawyer, I am aware that in order to get to a .146, that would mean at least eight drinks had to be consumed before driving. If we add burn off rates, it would probably be more than ten drinks. Our firm prosecutes drunken drivers civilly and we work with the State Attorney’s office in relation to finding witnesses as well as providing documentation in the way of lost wages and medical bills and other tangible losses for restitution hearings.
Under Florida law, drunken drivers are not only responsible for compensatory damages, but punitive damages as well to punish them for their willful and wanton conduct.