Florida DUI Crash Penalties

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Facing Driving Under the influence (DUI) charges in Palm Beach County can cause you to feel anxious and frightened. There are harsh consequences associated with a DUI conviction in Palm Beach County Criminal Court. However, DUI cases that involve an auto accident or car crash are punished even more strictly, as can be seen in the chart below:

DUI Accident Involving
Charge
Maximum Penalty
Maximum Fine
Property Damage  1st Degree Misdemeanor1 year in county jail
$1,000
Minor Injury  1st Degree Misdemeanor1 year in county jail
$1,000
Serious Injury  3rd Degree Felony5 years in prison
$5,000
Manslaughter  2nd Degree Felony15 years in prison
$10,000
Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene1st Degree Felony30 years in prison
$10,000

If you have been involved in a traffic accident and your blood alcohol level (BAL) was allegedly .08% or greater, you will be charged with Driving Under the Influence with property damage. Further, any accident that causes the death of an unborn child will be charged as manslaughter. If you find yourself facing DUI charges of any kind, your future and freedom are at stake. If you are convicted of any DUI charge, your license will be suspended for at least 6 months. In addition, you will likely face further penalties such as alcohol education classes, community service, vehicle impoundment and ignition interlock. Penalties may also vary depending on whether it is your first, second, third or fourth offense, whether your BAL was greater than .15%, and whether a minor was involved. For the Florida Statute regarding DUI, see Florida Statute §316.193.

Contact the Law Office of Roger P. Foley

If you are facing DUI charges involving an accident, a DUI Crash defense lawyer from our Palm Beach County Criminal Defense firm can examine the facts of your individual case and research the applicable law in order to give you the best possible defense. When the firm accepts a case, we accept it with the ultimate goal of obtaining the best outcome possible. Never accept a plea bargain without the advice of an experienced attorney. With an attorney on your side, you may be able to negotiate reduced charges, and, depending on the circumstances, may be able to get the charges dismissed altogether - that is always the goal. If you have been arrested for DUI Accident or DUI property damage in the Boca Raton, West Palm Beach or Boynton Beach area, take quick action and contact a Palm Beach County DUI Defense Attorney today.

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