DUI with Serious Bodily Injury

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It is common knowledge by now that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a criminal offense in Florida. State prosecutors aggressively prosecute individuals charged with a DUI as a way to prevent them from becoming a re-offender. The reason being that they are aware of the potentially life-threatening consequences that can result from a DUI accident. So in the instance that your DUI does result in serious bodily injury to a third party, there’s an extremely high chance that prosecutors will see to it that you’re punished to the fullest extent of the law. Combat their efforts by seeking out the legal services of an experienced DUI defense attorney who can fight relentlessly on your behalf.

The Orlando DUI with serious bodily injury defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers who have a wealth of experience representing people just like you. We understand that you may have simply had one too many drinks before getting behind the wheel and you had no intentions of hurting anyone. However, the State only analyzes the facts. Our job is to implement proven effective defense tactics to help settle your legal issue on the most favorable terms.

What is DUI with Serious Bodily Injury?

Florida Statute § 316.193(3) defines what it means for someone to commit DUI with serious bodily injury in Florida. In summary, the statute identifies the three primary factors that must be present for the charge to apply:

  • You drove or were in physical control of the vehicle
  • While driving or in actual control of the vehicle, you were under the influence of alcohol to the point that you were impaired or had blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 or higher; and
  • You caused or contributed to serious bodily injury of a third party while you were operating the vehicle

Serious bodily injury in this statute refers to any physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, severe permanent disfigurement, impairment, or loss of function of any bodily organ. Failure to prove that all of the three aforementioned factors are relevant in your case specifically can result in the case being thrown out. As your criminal defense team, it is our duty to present evidence that weakens the State’s case to help eliminate the chance of you facing criminal penalties.

Florida Penalties for DUI with Serious Bodily Injury

DUI with a serious bodily injury is a third-degree felony in Florida punishable by:

  • Up to 5 years in prison; or
  • Up to 5 years probation; and
  • $5,000 in fines

Convicted individuals can also be ordered to compensate the accident victim for his or damages which resulted from the driver’s negligence. In instances when someone’s impaired driving results in the death of a human being or unborn child, he or she has committed DUI manslaughter which is a second-degree felony punishable by:

  • Up to 15 years in prison; or
  • Up to 15 years probation; and
  • $10,000 in fines

Further criminal penalties apply for aggravating factors like when a passenger under the age of 18 accompanies the impaired driver. Regardless of the extent of your DUI charges, our team is here to provide you with the criminal defense you deserve.

Defending Those Facing Severe DUI Charges

The Orlando DUI with serious bodily injury defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are passionate about representing the accused. With over 100 years of combined legal defense experience and time spent as prosecutors on the state and local level, we have critical insight as to how the prosecution approaches such cases.

Rachel Mattie is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers who specializes in DUI cases. Allow us to use our knowledge of the Florida criminal justice system and experience representing DUI offenders to your benefit. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.