If you are involved in an accident and charged with either Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Reckless Driving, and because of that driving, you cause another person to suffer serious injury, you could be charged with a felony, punishable with imprisonment anywhere from 3 to 15 years.
Serious injury by vehicle is one of two types of DUI cases which can be a felony case, with the other being vehicular homicide.
What is the definition of a “serious injury?” A serious injury is “when another is deprived of a member of his body, by rendering a member of his body useless, by seriously disfiguring his body or a member thereof, or by causing organic brain damage which renders the body or any member thereof useless.”
Here are some examples of Serious Injury by Vehicle from actual Georgia auto accident cases:
- Broken bone(s), even a little toe!
- Losing vision in an eye
- Losing hearing
- Contusion of the brain
- Leg injury which resulted in temporary use
- Facial lacerations
- Disfigurement from surgery
Anytime you are involved in an accident involving another person, and you are charged with DUI or reckless driving, it is IMPORTANT that you hire an experienced traffic lawyer immediately. There are many things which must be done soon after the accident, like notifying your insurance company, finding out the extent of any possible injuries to the other party, and obtaining copies of the police accident and incident reports. In addition, many times I will go ahead and hire an accident reconstructionist so that he can evaluate the accident site and evidence immediately.
A felony conviction can be devastating. The likelihood of not only prison time but also the disabilities that go along with such a conviction call for an aggressive, well-planned defense.
If you find yourself facing such a situation, please call me, Mickey G. Roberts, PC, immediately!