In August of 2013, Mila Dago was driving a rented car in Miami with a 22-year-old friend, Irina Reinoso, in the passenger seat when she crashed into a truck after running a red light. The crash occurred at about 4:45 in the morning and law enforcement officers suspected that Dago had been driving under the influence of alcohol. Blood test results showed that Dago had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over two time the legal limit at 0.178 percent. Prosecutors issued charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide, as well as more DUI-related charges.
Dago entered a plea of not guilty to the charges and is waiting for a trial date, however, prosecutors have recently released some evidence in the case. The evidence is a list of the text messages Dago wrote to her boyfriend in the minutes and hours prior to the crash. Dago and the boyfriend were on the brink of a breakup and had been fighting that afternoon. Some of the texts Dago sent to him include as follows:
- “You’ll be the death of me.”
- “Driving drunk woo”
- “I’ll be dead thanks to you”
The last two texts occurred only minutes before Dago ran the red light and broadsided the truck. It is uncertain whether Dago will plead guilty or proceed to trial in light of the new release of evidence.
This evidence came to light only a couple of months after another young driver in Miami pled guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter after colliding with another car while speeding the wrong way on the highway. The two 21-year-old friends in the other car died from their injuries. That case bears a resemblance to Dago’s case since the driver, Kayla Mendoza, updated her Twitter account with the message “2 drunk 2 care” a couple of hours before the collision. Mendoza is facing a possible maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
Though the above cases occurred in Florida, young drivers are arrested in the Denver area on suspicion of driving under the influence on a regular basis. Drivers may face harsher consequences if they were found to have admitted on social media or via text message that they knew they were too drunk to drive home. Such evidence can serve as an aggravating circumstance for the judge and can lead to a harsher sentence in a lot of cases.
An experienced Denver DUI defense lawyer will know how to fight against evidence of potentially aggravating circumstances to help limit the penalties that a suspected drink driver faces. An angry text message or social media update should not be cause for an automatic conviction or harsher sentence, and DUI lawyer Jay Tiftickjian knows how to stand up for your rights in the face of such evidence.
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Individuals charged with DUI should not wait to discuss their case with a DUI defense lawyer. If you have been arrested, call the Tiftickjian Law Firm in Denver at 303-DUI-5280 for help as soon as possible.