DUI Involving an Injury
DUI charges are prosecuted vigorously, when a defendant is accused of injuring
another the DUI charge takes on the added weight of being a felony. Felony
charges bear harsher consequences; a guilty sentence in a DUI with injury
case translates very easily into jail time or even incarceration in state
prison. The injured party could be riding in the driver's own car
as well as being a passenger in another car or even a pedestrian who happens
to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Each additional injured party may increase the intoxicated driver's
prison sentence. If you face DUI charges involving the injury of another
individual, you may be facing serious jail time. Contact a Jacksonville
DUI attorney immediately to make sure your rights do not get misrepresented.
It is important to keep in mind that your situation is not hopeless. An
experienced defense attorney can greatly increase your chances of reducing
your charges and receiving a lighter
sentence if proven guilty.
Charged for DUI with injury?
DUI with injury is a situation that is outlined under Florida Statutes
§316.193(3). Under this section of the law, it states that a defendant
who is convicted of driving under the influence and causing serious bodily
injury to another through the operation of a vehicle is guilty of a third
degree felony. What exactly constitutes a serious bodily injury? This
is answered in §316.1933 as any injury which would place the victim's
life substantially in danger; it can also result in physical impairment
In cases where serious bodily injury has occurred, there are several changes
which may result in the arrest procedure. For example, once a serious
bodily injury has happened, law enforcement has the right to require a
blood sample from the alleged drunk driver. In some cases, reasonable
force may be used in the attempt to get the defendant to submit to the
Jacksonville DUI Attorney: Defending Your Rights
felony DUI with injury charge is a very serious charge that should not be handled
lightly. Facing DUI with injury charges without the expertise of a knowledgeable
attorney can be a sure fire way to ensure you get sentenced with the maximum
penalty given your situation. At the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter,
P.A. we have years of experience defending DUI charges in the courtroom.
Our knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville DUI lawyers have all handled
DUI cases both as defenders and prosecutors. We know what to expect from
In a DUI with injury case, the State Attorney not only has to prove that
you were intoxicated when the accident happened, but also that you as
the driver were the direct cause of another individual's injury. It
is important to us that your rights are protected.
If you were involved in a DUI with injury,
consult one of our attorneys without hesitation.