Being arrested for a drunk driving can be an unsettling incident with serious consequences, particularly if you are found guilty. This is especially so when the DUI involves injury to another person, resulting in DUI penalties which are substantially more severe than a regular DUI charge. Whether you stayed to help the person who was injured or you left the scene of the accident, a well-versed Overland Park DUI lawyer needs to be called in quickly to assist in your legal defense.
You will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if a DUI accident resulted in bodily injury of any type. If you are convicted on this charge, you face $2,500 in fines and up to 1 year in jail. When the accident you were involved with caused great bodily harm, this is deemed a Class 10 felony. Along with steep fines, you can be imprisoned for 5 to 13 months.
The most severe cases of DUI with injury are those that end up in a death. Involuntary manslaughter is commonly charged in these cases and this is a felony crime. Usual penalties for DUI involve a jail sentence, community service, fines and driver's license suspension. If you are convicted of vehicular manslaughter, the minimum term of imprisonment is two and one-half years and, in some instances, a person can serve a prison sentence of 11 years.
The accident you were involved in has the capability of wholly changing your life for years to come. It is my job and goal to produce the most favorable outcome that can be reached in each and every case I take on, including yours.