Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence alone is a serious offense. When personal injury is also involved, the penalties significantly increase. If you or a loved one have been arrested for DUI with injury, you need to hire a Miami DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible.
You can be charged with DUI with bodily injury if you were in control of a vehicle while under the influence and caused an accident that resulted in serious injury of another person. Even if your blood alcohol content was below the legal limit, you may find yourself facing these charges if your basic motor skills and facilities were impaired in any way.
What am I facing for a DUI with bodily injury charge?
If it can be shown that all of the above factors played a role in the accident, you will be facing a third degree felony. The sentence can include five years of incarceration and a $5,000 fine.
Additional sentencing for a DUI with bodily injury can include:
- Community service
- Vehicle impoundment
- Court costs
- Completion of a DUI program
- Driver's license suspension
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- Restitution to the victim
Depending on the extent of the bodily injury and the number of DUI convictions on your record, your sentence could be elevated.
In these cases, a DUI attorney can help to prove that you either you were not impaired or that your actions did not contribute to the accident or injuries. Still, even just being under the influence can make it difficult for the judge or jury to go against the injury victim.
Be sure you have help from a Miami DUI with injury attorney.Call Jonathan Blecher, P.A. to get started today!