A DUI arrest is a stressful enough experience, but when an injury is involved the case becomes even more frightening. The penalties for a DUI that results in an injury are more severe than a DUI without an injury. Causing an injury while driving under the influence is a misdemeanor and carries the possibility of jail time to do. In order to avoid these harsh consequences you should enlist the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney.
The degree of injury also plays a factor in the range of punishment for a DUI with an accident. The potential range of punishment involves:
● A less severe injury is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.00.
● Serious injuries are third degree felonies and are punishable by a jail term of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.00!
Things like disfigurement, permanent disability, or a condition that has a risk of death are considered “serious” injuries. You also run the risk of having the charge of DUI upgraded to a manslaughter charge if death actually occurs. Acting quickly to defend a DUI is always important because it helps preserve your right to drive, but it is even more important when an accident with injury is included. We have experience helping people charged with all types of DUI and driving offenses and are here for you. For more information or to stay on top of the latest updates in the law, follow us on social media.
You can also contact our office if you have questions about DUI’s. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We aggressively defend you and work to maintain your driving privileges. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.