Temecula DUI Accidents Involving Injury

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According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) 2013 report by the California Highway Patrol, 16,060 people were injured and 1,075 were killed in an accident involving a drunk driver. If you or a loved one were charged with a DUI causing bodily injury or death, it’s imperative to retain legal counsel from our experienced Temecula DUI attorney as soon as possible.

Penalties for DUI Accidents Involving Injury

While DUI are generally associated with harsh penalties, if your DUI resulted in an accident which injured or kills another individual, the punishment is much more severe and damaging.

The penalties vary depending on the circumstances of the accident, the severity of the accident, and whether or not you have any previous DUI convictions within the past decade. DUIs resulting in personal injury are “wobblers,” meaning that they can be charged either as misdemeanors or felonies.

Punishments for DUI accidents involving injury includes:

  • Misdemeanor DUI involving injury
    • Maximum one year in jail, with a minimum sentence of five days
    • Up to $5,000 in fines
    • Three to five years of informal probation
    • Mandatory attendance of an alcohol education program
    • License suspension for up to three years
  • Felony DUI involving injury
    • Maximum prison sentence of 13 years for cases involving serious injury (two to four years as a baseline sentence, additionally up to six years consecutive for causing serious injury, plus up to three additional years if there are multiple victims)
    • Up to $5,000 in fines
    • Mandatory attendance of an alcohol education program
    • License suspension for up to five years
    • Labeled as habitual traffic offender for three years

Punishments for DUI accidents involving death includes:

  • Gross Manslaughter while Intoxicated
    • Maximum prison sentence of 16 years
    • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Second-Degree DUI Murder
    • Maximum life prison sentence
    • Up to $10,000 in fines

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Not only will you be facing severe punishments, but your reputation can be forever damaged. At Davis Wojcik Duarte, a Professional Law Corporation, our legal team understands the complexities of these type of cases. With 50 years of collective experience, we possess the extensive knowledge of the legal system to obtain the results our clients’ desire.

For more information, contact our firm in Temecula at (951) 335-4923 or in Hemet at (951) 667-7883.

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