DUI with Injury in Panama City
Accused of causing injury while driving drunk?
Driving under the influence is a unique type of crime, inasmuch as it is a charge based not on what the defendant did, but on what the defendant
might have done. Drinking and driving is classified as a criminal action because it creates a substantial risk of causing injury or death in an accident, but most people who are arrested for DUI have not actually caused anyone to suffer any type of harm. If, however, you have been accused of causing injury in an accident while driving drunk, the penalty you could receive in the event of a conviction will be significantly increased.
Penalties for DUI with Injury in Panama City
The sentence for DUI with injury depends on the severity of injury suffered by the accident victim. For cases where the individual has suffered routine injuries, the offense is charged as a misdemeanor of the first degree, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. When the victim suffers serious bodily injury, the charge is increased to a third-degree felony, punishable by fines of up to $5,000 and a prison sentence lasting five years. "Serious bodily injury" is defined under state law as being any injury which "creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ." Note: if you are accused of causing fatal injuries, you will be charged with vehicular manslaughter, a felony which carries a sentence of up to thirty years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Defending Charges of DUI with Injury
Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI, contact the team at Shepard Law, P.A. The firm's lead attorney is a former prosecutor who has handled more than 5,000 criminal cases, and they represent clients from all walks of life, including professionals, business owners and elected officials. Defending your case may involve challenging the evidence that you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or raising questions about whether you were actually at fault for causing the accident. There are many ways to fight the charges, but you must take action now-contact the firm for a confidential consultation and to begin working on the case.