DUI with Injury Attorney in Naples
Penalties for Causing a DUI Accident
Most people who are arrested and convicted for drinking and driving are punished for a crime which does not involve causing any type of injury or harm to another person. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal because it greatly increases the risk of causing a collision, and it is not necessary to prove that anyone was wronged in order to secure a conviction. If, however, your DUI case includes allegations of causing a car crash which resulted in injury to an accident victim, you can receive a harsh sentence which could have a dramatic effect on your life.
The punishment which would be imposed in the event of a conviction for DUI with injury depends on the severity of injuries suffered by the other person in your accident. For normal injuries, you can be punished with misdemeanor penalties which include a $1,000 fine and up to one year in county jail. In cases involving serious bodily injury-which includes those which create a substantial risk, those which result in severe disfigurement and those which cause some form of disability-the charge can be increased to a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and five years in state prison. You can also lose your driver's license to a revocation lasting for at least three years.
Contact a Fort Myers DUI with Injury Lawyer
Whether you face misdemeanor or felony DUI charges, an aggressive Fort Myers DUI attorney from Parks & Braxton, PA is ready to meet with you to discuss the situation in a confidential consultation where you can find answers to all your questions and learn about strategies which we can use for your defense. One of the top objectives in the case may be to either prove that you did not cause the collision or to raise reasonable doubts about whether you are at fault, in addition to challenging the evidence that you were driving under the influence of impairing substances. This may be a highly stressful situation for you to face, but it is not one which you have to face alone-contact us now for help!