The consequences of a charge for driving under the influence can be devastating to you. You could lose your license, be imprisoned or be fined extraordinary amounts. Fortunately, you will likely only face a misdemeanor unless you’ve been previously charged or someone is injured in an accident.
You could face a felony DUI if you have previously had three DUIs in the last 10 years or previously injured or killed someone in a drunk driving accident. If you previously had a felony DUI, it’s possible you could face a second, since this could count as your fifth or greater arrest for the same criminal activity.
If you’re in an accident that results in injuries, you could face up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for the death of an unborn child; you will also have the immediate suspension of your license for 15 years. If anyone else is fatally wounded, you could have your license revoked for 10 years and face all other penalties listed above.
If you cause bodily harm to another person while intoxicated, you will face up to a year in prison and a potential fine of $3,000. You will lose your license for a minimum of two years in accordance with state law.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, it’s important that you defend yourself. While your case may not involve injuries or deaths, you can still face heavy penalties. If your case does involve injuries or deaths, you need to protect yourself to make sure your case is not biased. An experienced lawyer can help.