Under even the most ordinary conditions, getting charged with a DUI can be scary. The penalties are severe and first-offenders are not exempt from harsh consequences. Unfortunately, a drunk driving incident that causes injury or death to another is doubly serious in the world of law enforcement.
Police officers are intentional about preventing the same mistake from happening twice. This is especially true of DUI with injury and is evidenced by the extreme penalties that can follow for convicted offenders.
What is the difference between a DUI & a DUI with injury?
In Ohio, first offenders convicted of drunk driving can be charged with up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, and a suspended license for up to three years. Subsequent offenses are punished more harshly and may require offenders to install an interlock ignition device. Most normal DUI convictions are classified as a misdemeanor.
Anytime a drunk driver gets into an accident that causes another individual serious injury or fatality, they can be arrested for DUI with injury. If the driver causes a fatality, they could be charged with a second or first degree felony for DUI.
Along with the first degree felony conviction, the offender can face mandatory imprisonment for 10 years and a $20,000 fine. If it is a second degree felony, penalties can include eight years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine.
Convicted individuals may also be required to revoke their license and perform community service. DUI with injury is a serious offense not to be taken lightly and if you are facing similar charges, you need the assistance of a Dayton DUI attorney.
Our firm has over 50 years of shared experience and will work tirelessly on your behalf. We are prepared to create an aggressive defense to your charges, with the hopes of reducing or dismissing the penalties you could be facing. Call us today for your free consultation.