When no one is injured in an accident allegedly caused by a drunk driver, he or she will likely face misdemeanor charges. If someone suffers injury or loses their life, however, the drunk driver will most likely face felony DUI charges.
DUI with injury is defined as the following:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs; and
- Proximately causing injury to another person.
DUI Causing Injury Penalties
DUI causing injury or death may be punishable by 2 to 20 years in state prison, fines of $2,000 to $5,000, and other penalties such as license suspension, probation, counseling, rehabilitation, and community service. Challenging these charges and working to avoid a conviction is crucial and is best achieved with a Las Vegas defense lawyer who has the experience and resources to properly handle your case.
The state would need to prove three key elements to convict you:
- The defendant was driving under the influence (with an unlawful blood alcohol concentration and/or impaired abilities);
- The victim was injured
- The defendant’s conduct was the proximate (most likely) cause of the victim’s injuries.
Retain Powerful Defense
An aggressive defense is crucial in the face of DUI with injury charges in the Las Vegas area. It will take a thorough investigation into every aspect of the case, accident reconstruction and often the use of expert witnesses to testify on the defendant’s behalf. If you would like to discuss your case and how we can assist you in challenging criminal charges of this kind, please speak with a DUI attorney from our team today. Call De Castroverde Law Group at (702) 222-9999 or fill out our online contact form.