DUI with Injury Attorney in Orlando, FL
If you cause another person to be seriously injured in a DUI-related traffic accident, your charge can be enhanced from a misdemeanor to a felony. Felony charges carry harsher penalties upon a conviction than those of a misdemeanor. In such cases, your first order of business should be to bring in an experienced DUI lawyer to ensure your rights are protected and that you have the best chance of an optimum outcome.
At the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert, we have the necessary knowledge and experience to help you when faced with such an offense. Our lawyer has over two and a half decades of practice in defending Floridians in drunk and/or drugged driving cases. That is the kind of legal understanding and skill you need when accused of this serious crime. We know how to thoroughly investigate all factors related to DUI. With this information, we may uncover weaknesses and flaws in the case against you that can be used in your defense.
Call the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert at (321) 415-4104 or fill in our online request form to schedule your complimentary consultation. We also serve Orlando’s surrounding counties.
DUI with Injury in Florida
DUI with injury has three components:
1. You were driving or were in “actual physical control”* of your vehicle, while;
2. You were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and;
3. You caused or contributed to the serious injury** of another person.
*“Physical control” can include merely sitting behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition.
**Serious injury is defined as one that causes a significant risk of losing or impairing a body part or bodily function or a significant risk of disfigurement or death.
Examples of serious injury can include:
- Fractures/broken bones
- Loss of function of a limb or organ
- Amputation of a limb
- Severe burns, which may lead to scarring/disfigurement
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
DUI with injury is charged as a third-degree felony, carrying a maximum of up to five years in prison. The minimum prison sentence is 51 months. It also carries fines of up to $5,000, a loss of your license for at least three years, vehicle impoundment, and potential restitution to the accident victim.
Penalties can be increased if you were driving with a blood alcohol concentration measuring .15% or higher or if you were driving with a minor in your vehicle at the time of your arrest.
If your DUI caused only minor injuries, you will generally be charged with a misdemeanor. This will involve the same penalties as a standard DUI, depending on whether it is a first, second, or subsequent offense.
When charged with DUI, having an experienced lawyer in your corner is imperative if you wish to increase your chances of a favorable outcome. You should never face such serious charges without relying on a reputable attorney who has the competence and skills needed to build your case, negotiate with prosecutors, or aggressively defend you in court. Attorney Guy H. Gilbert has a proven track record of success.
Book your free case evaluation online or at (321) 415-4104.
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