California DUI Accidents
If you have been accused of causing a DUI-related auto accident in Los Angeles, CA, we have the experience it takes to assist you in your fight against these very serious allegations. The California criminal code is particularly harsh on DUI violations, but it is even harsher when an accident, injury, or death was caused by one driving under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs.
The Punishments for DUI Accidents
DUIs in themselves will normally result in a one-year or longer suspension of driving privileges, mandatory alcohol education classes, and other requirements and/or punishments. Such sentences still hold when a DUI-caused accident occurred, but there are additional consequences as well.
- A DUI accident with injury, if charged as a misdemeanor, can carry a maximum sentence of one full year in state prison.
- A DUI accident with injury, when charged as a felony, can result in up to three years in state prison. Note, however, that for each additional person injured, there will be an additional year spent behind bars.
- A DUI causing great bodily injury adds three more years to the DUI with felony-status injury charge, thus threatening up to six years in state prison.
- A DUI with vehicular manslaughter brings up to four years in state prison.
- A DUI with vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence can get you up to 10 years of incarceration in a state prison.
Considering the great severity of the punishments for various DUI accident allegations, it is of the utmost importance to those accused of such crimes to immediately contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer. Our DUI defense attorneys know how to best represent you in court in order to avoid a conviction. Your odds in the courtroom are increased dramatically when you have the best possible legal defense team working to secure your acquittal.
DUI Accident Defense Strategies
We are familiar with all of the most effective defense strategies for a wide range of DUI accident cases. Just because you have been accused of causing a DUI accident does not mean you are guilty, nor does it necessarily mean that the plaintiff has a strong case.
For example, many times, a DUI accident charge is leveled even when the driver's faculties were not seriously impaired. The charge is leveled simply because the person was drinking and driving when an accident occurred. However, the prosecution must prove much more than that. They must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that intoxication with alcohol or drugs was the actual cause of the accident.
Other possible defenses might be that another driver caused the accident, that mechanical problems or unsafe roadways were to blame, or that you were not in fact legally drunk at the time of the crash. The prosecutor will be anxious to convict you in any way possible, but we will know how to counter his attempts and to build for you the best possible defense.
Call For a Free Consultation
We are continually available to assist you in your hour of crisis. Your urgent call will not go unattended. You can request a free case evaluation, and then we can advise you on your available options. A top-tier DUI defense attorney is waiting to handle your case and to put the vast legal resources of out attorneys to work for you. Contact us today at 424-888-4384, and we will not hesitate answer your questions and to give immediate attention to your case.