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Arrested for Drunk Driving Causing Injury in PA?

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges are incredibly serious. If you are convicted of a DUI with injury, you could be facing much higher penalties. A DUI with injury includes being involved in a car accident that resulted in injuries. The best thing to do for yourself in this situation is to call our experienced Scranton criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of William D. Thompson. Our experienced attorney can offer you committed and aggressive advocacy in your case.

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Penalties for DUI with Injury

Prosecutors can apply this charge in addition to a standard DUI charge, even if the injury another person suffered was minor. However, it’s up to the prosecution to prove you are guilty of causing this harm. In order to be charged with a DUI with injury, the prosecutor must show you broke the law or were negligent when driving and that your actions caused another person’s injury.

If your DUI caused severe injuries, you could be charged with aggravated DUI assault, which is a 2nd-degree felony. You could also be fined a maximum of $20,000 and face up to 10 years in prison. If the DUI led to the wrongful death of an individual, you would be confronted with a charge of vehicular homicide, which is a 2nd-degree felony. This charge will lead to a mandatory 3-year prison sentence, in addition to which, you may also have to pay a $25,000 penalty.

Defenses to DUI with Injury

When facing harsh criminal charges, one of the most important steps to take is to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney to establish an effective legal defense and protect your rights and freedom. Your lawyer can investigate your case, analyze the evidence, and determine the strong defense that applies to your case.

Common legal defenses to DUI with injury include:

  • You did not cause the accident – In many accidents, even the victim may share some or all the blame for causing an accident. For instance, you end up striking another vehicle, but the other driver was speeding, running a red light, texting while driving, or otherwise failing to drive in a safe manner, then the other driver may be liable for causing the crash and his/her own injuries. In addition, if you experience a mechanical failure that contributed to the collision, this could also be a mitigating factor that benefits the defense.

  • The alleged victim did not suffer any injury – In order to be convicted of a DUI with injury, the alleged victim must be injured, whether it is a minor or serious injury. However, if the alleged victim did not sustain any injury from the accident, you may be charged with an aggravating DUI rather than a DUI with injury.

  • You were not under the influence – In order to be convicted of a DUI, your blood alcohol content (BAC) must at least be .08 percent. It is not uncommon for chemical testing to produce inaccurate results. Your attorney can investigate your arrest and determine whether the arresting officer(s) received training on breath/blood testing and properly calibrated the device prior to administering the test. The same thing goes with field sobriety tests (FST), the police must accurately conduct and administer such tests or else the results are inadmissible in court.

Fight Your Charged with a Skilled Attorney

Our founding attorney, William D. Thompson, is a knowledgeable and qualified legal representative who is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals accused of a crime. Each client receives the personal attention of our attorney because he is invested in his or her future. If you want to get in touch with us to discuss your case, we are available 24/7 to take your calls. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (570) 666-1068 today to get started building your defense.

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