DUI Involving an Injury

While all 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 or disfigurement.

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 blood test.

Jacksonville DUI Attorney: Defending Your Rights

A 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 the prosecution.

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.

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