DUI With Serious Bodily Injury:
If you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving a vehicle that caused serious bodily injury to another person, you may be charged with a third degree felony DUI. The injured party could be either a passenger in your car, a pedestrian on the street, or a person in a separate vehicle. If convicted, you may be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison and fined up to $5,000. In addition, you will have a felony conviction on your record.
DUI With Property Damage:
If the accident caused property damage but no serious bodily injury, you may not have to face felony DUI charges. In most circumstances, a DUI charge with property damage is charged as a misdemeanor under Florida DUI law. However, DUI’s involving property damage are still serious offenses which should not be taken lightly. If convicted, you may still be sentenced to prison and have to pay hefty fines. In addition, you may be required to pay restitution for the property damage caused by the accident.
Tampa DUI Law Firm Defending Your Rights
In order to be convicted of either DUI with property damage or DUI with serious bodily injury, the prosecutor must show that the driver actually caused the accident and was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. For instance, if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol but did not cause the accident, the driver may not be held liable for the bodily injury or property damage. However, it is important to remember that the driver may still face DUI penalties if convicted under these circumstances.
In all DUI cases we carefully review every detail of the case to identify possible defenses for our clients. We aggressively scrutinize the initial stop by law enforcement, alcohol or drug testing results, witness testimony, sobriety testing procedures and any other piece of evidence that the prosecutor may try to use against our client. Furthermore, in DUI cases involving accidents, a driver may appear to be intoxicated due to the trauma and stress that the accident caused, resulting in a false DUI accusation. For instance, a car accident can cause a driver to have bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, anxiety, and problems balancing or standing – all of which can significantly impact a driver’s performance on field sobriety exercises. Our Tampa DUI lawyers will aggressively use these and any other method of defense to help our clients. If you have been arrested for DUI and want to know what defenses you may have available, contact us today for a free consultation.