Georgia DUI Serious Injury by Vehicle
When deciding whether or not to charge you with serious injury, the police and the prosecutor will take into account the nature of the damage to the accident victim. Broken bones, brain injuries resulting in a concussion or memory loss, and scars requiring stitches are considered serious injuries. Because the definition of serious injury can be broadly interpreted, you could expect to be charged with this felony offense if you are involved in a bar car wreck.
If you are involved in an auto collision and have been drinking, you should decline the officer’s request to submit to a breathalyzer test or field sobriety tests until you speak with a DUI attorney. You should be careful when answering the officer’s questions—you only need to answer questions about your identity, address, and insurance, you do not need to answer questions about whether or not you have been drinking.
The penalties for serious injury by vehicle include a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years in prison per injury; this means that if more than one person sustains injuries in the accident, you could face a longer prison sentence. You may be ordered to serve probation, perform community service, and pay fines. Your driver’s license will be suspended or even revoked.
Your DUI attorney may call on an accident reconstruction specialist to investigate your collision. This specialist will return to the scene of the accident to collect evidence, such as debris and skid marks, as well as review eyewitness reports and weather information. By investigating your accident, the specialist may find evidence that you were not responsible for the accident, helping you avoid a felony conviction.
Let Attorney Greg Willis help you deal with your Georgia DUI serious injury by vehicle charges. Well-known throughout the Georgia legal community for his high success rate, he will analyze your case in order to prepare a strong defense.
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