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DUI Accidents

Being charged with DUI is already a very serious matter in our state, with such charges frequently carrying steep penalties. DUI becomes an even more serious matter when an accident is involved, and one charged with a DUI accident can face very serious consequences. California Vehicle Code §23153(2011) states that while drunk driving alone is illegal, when an incident leads to damage, including the injury of another, the penalties will be increased. These cases will be dependent on the specific circumstances in order to decide if it constitutes as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Consequences of a DUI Accident

The penalties for DUI increase when an accident is involved. These penalties can include:

Misdemeanor charges:

  • Up to five years probation;
  • Fines up to $5,000;
  • Mandatory completion of a DUI class;
  • Up to one year in jail; and
  • Up to one year drivers' license suspension

Felony charges:

  • Up to four years drivers' license suspension;
  • Mandatory completion of a DUI class;
  • Steep monetary fines;
  • Up to four years in prison; and
  • A strike under the "Three Strikes Law"

An accident may cause damage to cars, buildings, homes and even those involved. The extent of the damage will be one of the main factors in deciding how to continue on with prosecution. Those that are found responsible for causing the accident or are found to be intoxicated during the time it occurs, may not only deal with higher penalties, but the obligation of restitution to those affected.

At Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, we strive to provide the highest quality legal service to those who have been charged with a criminal offense. Contact a lawyer in our criminal defense department today, and we will employ the considerable resources at our disposal in attempting to get your charges reduced or dismissed outright.

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