When a person operates a car, truck or motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the chances of causing an accident will dramatically increase. In the state of Florida, a driver who causes personal injury minimally faces a first degree misdemeanor charge. When a driver causes serious bodily injury to another, however, the charge becomes a felony. A felony charge will apply in situations of serious bodily injury and DUI or vehicular manslaughter. A felony charge may also apply after multiple DUI convictions such as third DUI conviction within 10 years of the prior conviction and a fourth or subsequent DUI.
A driver who causes serious or fatal injury will face harsh legal penalties. In addition to DUI penalties, he or she will be liable for any property damage, personal injury, and in the case of the death of another, vehicular manslaughter. After being charged with drunk driving and causing serious personal or fatal injury to another, it is critical to consult an Orlando DUI attorney who can look at the circumstances and build a strong defense on your behalf.
When you are allegedly responsible for an accident due to driving while on drugs or intoxicated, you potentially face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.
DUI with Personal Injury: When a drunk driving accident causes serious bodily injury to another, an offender can be punished with up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Vehicular Manslaughter: When a crash causes fatal injury as a result of a driver being intoxicated, an offender faces a much stiffer sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
DUI and Drugs: Like driving under the influence of alcohol, this action can result in a felony charge when serious bodily injury or fatal injury results from an accident. When proved, a driver will face the same penalties.
Multiple DUI: A multiple DUI allegation can result in a felony charge on the third offense within 10 years, on fourth or subsequent DUI convictions at any time, and when severe bodily injury or death results from an accident.
In these circumstances you need to contact an Orlando felony DUI lawyer who can protect your rights and help you to avoid conviction.