Accidents Involving Injury
Murrieta DUI - Related Injuries
Drunk driving can cause a slew of problems for yourself and for those who are on the road around you. If you were lucky enough to have avoided a fatal accident with someone else and are not being charged with manslaughter, you could be facing another list of problems. If you caused an accident with someone else that resulted in an injury, no matter how minor or major, you could be facing some serious penalties.
Under California Vehicle Code 23153, a DUI that results in an injury can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or as a felony, depending on the circumstances of the offense and the past driving or criminal record of the driver. If you were caught driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher and were involved in an accident that resulted in the injury, no matter how small, you could be charged with this crime.
Punishment for a DUI with an accident that led to injury, can vary depending on the specifics of the accident as well as the past driving or criminal record of the driver. If you have a record of multiple DUI charges or have received a number of tickets, you may be tried as a felon, and could face years in a California prison. Additional penalties could be added to a felony charge if the victim suffers great or lasting bodily injuries. A DUI involving an accident and injury can also be charged as a misdemeanor with a maximum of one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines if it was the driver's first conviction and they had an otherwise clean driving record.
Regardless of the amount of injury that was sustained by the other party, it is important that you contact a top criminal defense lawyer. You could face multiple other penalties if more than one person was injured or if the accident resulted in death. Do not go another day without contacting an experienced Riverside County criminal defense lawyer from our firm.
Over 15 Years in the Field of Criminal Defense
If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI accident that resulted in injury, the first step is to contact an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney. We are ready to help. Since 1999, our office has successfully represented numerous individuals facing charges for DUI with injury accident in Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Wildomar, Menifee, Banning, Perris, Winchester, Corona and Riverside.
We understand that besides the possible loss of your freedom, a felony conviction for a violation of Vehicle Code 23153 can also have serious consequences for future employment opportunities.
Don't jeopardize your future by hiring an inexperienced attorney because at the end of your case, you will get what you paid for. For further information and a free consultation, contact our Murrieta DUI lawyer at 951.666.2600.