When a driver who has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, they are not only putting themselves at risk, but they are endangering many other innocent people as well. A first time DUI—and even a second DUI offense—is often charged as a misdemeanor. However, if the drunk driver caused an accident involving injuries or a fatality, they are more than likely going to be facing felony DUI charges.
In California, a misdemeanor DUI with injury conviction means you can expect to have your license suspended, serve up to 1 year in jail, be put on probation for 3 to 5 years, pay up to $5,000 in fines, attend a mandatory drug education program, and be required to pay restitutions.
A felony DUI with injury conviction means up to 4 years in state prison, with added time for each additional victim, plus added time if any victim’s injuries were severe. This type of conviction also means your driver’s license will be revoked for 5 years, you must attend an 18- or 30-month DUI school, pay up to $5,000 in fines, and receive a strike on your record.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI with injury, we strongly advise you contact the legal team at our firm right away. Our lawyers can work quickly to gather evidence, review accident and police reports, interview key witnesses, conduct further investigation into the accident, and more. Our efforts are all directed toward protecting your rights and building an aggressive defense on your behalf. A lot is at stake in DUI with injury cases, so do not delay in contacting a knowledgeable attorney from Okabe & Haushalter.
The lawyers at our firm have a record of success when it comes to handling DUI-related cases. Through our education and experience, we are able to better provide you with the aggressive representation you deserve. Contact Okabe & Haushalter today if you have been charged for DUI with injury.