Tampa DUI with Injury Lawyer
Does your DUI case involve someone suffering injury?
A DUI charge is harsh, if convicted the penalties can be anywhere from a $500 fine to six months in jail as well as a one year license suspension. Although many DUI convictions are simple misdemeanors, some complicating factors may increase the penalties of a conviction, sometimes to the point of raising the crime to felony charges. One of the factors that can greatly affect the consequences DUI conviction is when the incident results in another person suffering injury.
A first-time DUI charge may result in a third-degree felony conviction if it involves an accident that caused serious injury to another person. One of the major issues in play is whether you were actually under the influence of an impairing substance during the incident. At Parks & Braxton, PA, our Tampa DUI defense attorneys have handled 1,000+ DUI cases involving complex legal issues. If you are looking for effective defense in a DUI involving injuries,
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How Florida DUI Law Affects Your Case
According to § 775.084 of the Florida Statutes, it is a third degree felony to cause serious bodily injury to another while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Serious bodily injury can be defined as any injury that puts an individual at serious risk of death. This offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to five years in jail, even for a first-time DUI conviction.
However, the penalties may vary depending on other factors. For example, if an individual flees the scene of a DUI accident involving serious bodily injury or death, he or she may be charged with a first-degree felony. This may warrant a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to 15 years in jail. Make no assumptions about your circumstances—get in touch with a Tampa DUI lawyer.
Challenge the Evidence of a DUI Charge
The most damaging element of a DUI accident with injuries is the factor of driving while intoxicated. This greatly increases the legal ramifications of an accident. Contesting the evidence of a DUI charge may minimize the potential consequences of a conviction and even have a case dismissed entirely. It is important to review the circumstances of an accident and an arrest with a Tampa DUI attorney who can challenge improper police procedure and mishandled evidence.
40+ Years of Collective Experience in Criminal Defense
No matter how troubling your situation may seem, Parks & Braxton, PA may be able to help. Our firm's team of former prosecutors has years of experience on both sides of the courtroom, and we use this valuable experience to prepare a stronger defense for our clients. The right attorney may fight the evidence against you and secure your victory.
When it comes to protecting your rights and securing your freedom, trust a firm with a record of success in handling more than one thousand DUI cases. Our continued dedication to excellence in DUI defense and criminal defense may play a vital role in the outcome of your case. Do not hesitate to contact our firm and secure effective legal representation.
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