DUI with Serious Bodily Injury and Manslaughter
Florida has some of the harshest laws for drinking while driving. The penalties can include jail time, expensive fines and having your driver’s license suspended. However, if you drink and drive and cause someone to be injured or killed, the penalties are much more serious.
A person can be considered drunk behind the wheel if the he or she has a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater or a breath alcohol level of .08 or greater. In recent years there has been a rise in DUI cases for those under the influence of any chemical or controlled substance to the point where his or her ability to drive is impaired.
If you have been charged with a DUI with serious bodily injury or DUI manslaughter, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney. A Florida criminal defense attorney will try to build a defense against the charges to have them reduced or dropped. Make sure your rights are protected.
West Palm Beach DUI Accident Attorney
If you are facing a DUI charge with serious bodily injury, contact a Palm Beach County DUI defense attorney. Andrew D. Stine, P.A. is a former public defender with more than 10 years of experience practicing law. He is passionate about protecting the rights of those accused of criminal offenses, and he will fight to make a difference in your case.
Stine represents clients throughout Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas, including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Wellington. To discuss your DUI case with a skilled attorney call 561.880.4300.
Information About DUI Charges in Florida
- Drunk Driving with Serious Bodily Injury
- DUI Vehicular Manslaughter
- Andrew D. Stine | Palm Beach County Drunk Driving Lawyer
If you are drinking and driving and cause an accident where someone is harmed, you could be charged with DUI with serious bodily injury. Serious bodily injury could mean any injury to any person, including the driver, that involves and the loss or impairment of bodily functions.
DUI with serious bodily injury is classified as a third-degree felony in Florida. The punishments for a third-degree felony can include up to five years in prison, fines up to $5,000 and suspension of your driver’s license for a minimum of three years.
If you are convicted of DUI with serious bodily injuries, you also could face:
- Civil lawsuits for damages
- Probation with monthly reporting
- Completion of a substance abuse course
- Community service
- Reputation damage
- Loss of employment
In some instances of DUI with serious bodily injury the penalties can be more severe. If you are considered a repeat offender and have been convicted of a DUI previously, you may face a harsher punishment. Also, if a person is injured in the crash and dies as a result of those injuries, the charge could be upgraded to DUI vehicular manslaughter.
In Florida, DUI manslaughter is considered a second-degree felony. DUI manslaughter, according to Florida Statutes Annotated § 316.193, also could include the death of an unborn child after a drunk driving accident. The penalties can include between four to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
In most Florida DUI cases, a conviction means your driver’s license could be suspended for a set amount of time. However, a conviction for DUI manslaughter carries administrative penalties that include a permanent revocation of your driver’s license.
If the alleged drunk driver left the scene of the crime, he or she could face first-degree felony charges. A first-degree felony is Florida is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Your driver’s license still could be revoked.
DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene cases also could involve civil lawsuits for negligence and wrongful death. Restitution can be ordered as part of the sentence. In addition, the victim’s family could seek restitution from the driver or his or her insurance company in a personal injury lawsuit.
The penalties for drinking and driving charges can have life-altering consequences, especially if someone is seriously injured or killed in an accident. You need a criminal defense attorney on your case. Contact West Palm Beach DUI defense attorney Andrew D. Stine, P.A. immediately. Call 561.880.4300 to schedule a case evaluation.