DUI & Serious Injury(s)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drivers with a BAC of .08 percent or higher are involved in one out of every three auto accident deaths. Those who drive while intoxicated are also responsible for many car accidents that injure, but do not kill, passengers and other drivers.
When you are involved in a DUI, you always face criminal charges. When DUI & serious injury(s) occur, however, the criminal sanctions become much more serious. As such, it is especially important to contact a Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney whenever an injury occurs in connection with a DUI. The Ansara Law Firm have helped many clients to successfully negotiate plea arrangements or even to defend themselves in a DUI case involving injury. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.Laws on DUI & Serious Injuries in Florida
DUI charges are normally misdemeanor charges and first time offenders may face a maximum of six months incarceration along with fines and community service. However, certain aggravating factors such as prior convictions or having a minor in the car can result in more serious consequences. Injuring someone while driving under the influence is also going to subject you to harsher criminal penalties and, in some cases, to additional charges on top of your DUI charge.
The type of criminal charges you may face as a result of causing a DUI injury are going to vary depending on the seriousness of the injury that occurred. For instance:
- Anyone who causes personal injury while driving under the influence may be guilty of a First Degree misdemeanor and face a fine up to $1,000 and up to a year of incarceration (Fl. Stat. 316.193(3)).
- Anyone who causes serious bodily injury while driving under the influence may be found guilty of a Third Degree Felony. Penalties for a third degree felony include a fine up to $5,000 as well as up to five years of incarceration. Serious bodily injury is generally defined as disfigurement; a condition that has a substantial risk of death; or impairment of bodily organs or members.
When the serious injuries caused in a DUI accident lead to death, the charges and penalties become even worse. You may be charged with vehicular homicide or manslaughter and may be charged with a first or a second degree felony depending upon the circumstances surrounding the accident and the death.
With long jail times and expensive fines, exploring all of your options after a DUI involving serious injury is essential. An experienced Boward County DUI lawyer can help you to consider defenses to the charges against you (such as lack of proof you were actually impaired at the time of the accident) or can assist you in attempting to negotiate a plea deal wherein you may be able to admit to lesser charges in exchange for less stringent penalties.
If you have been charged with DUI in South Florida, call The Ansara Law Firm today for your free initial consultation at (954) 761-4011! You can also contact us online. It only takes a minute to call, but it can make all the difference in the world.