Facing A Florida DUI That Caused Injury? Our Punta Gorda Criminal Defense Attorneys Are Here To Protect Your Rights.
In the state of Florida, penalties for a basic driving under the influence offense are harsh enough. They can become even more severe, however, when an accident is caused by the drunk driver and a victim is seriously injured. In § 316.193(3)2, Fla. Stat. (2012), it states that operating a vehicle while intoxicated in a manner that causes bodily damage to another is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a jail term of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000.
If serious bodily injury is caused to another, it is a third degree felony. “Serious bodily injury” is defined in § 316.1933 as a physical condition involving a high risk of death, disfigurement, or long-term loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. As a third degree felony, this offense is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.
The offense could also escalate to a second degree felony as DUI manslaughter if the crash resulted in the death of a victim. The penalty for such a felony would be a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000. If you have been arrested for DUI with injury, get aggressive representation from a Punta Gorda criminal defense attorney immediately to ensure that you do not have to suffer the severe consequences of a conviction.
Over 50 Years Of Combined Experience
Contact the offices of Leskovich Law Group, P.A. today for a free consultation on your DUI charges. We have practiced criminal defense for 50 collective years and have extensive understanding and skill in the area of DUI. Our lawyers have vast resources due to their collaborative knowledge and will work together to create a strong defense in order to obtain the dismissal or reduction of charges that you need.
The sooner you retain a defense lawyer, the better.