DUIs with Fatalities can seriously harm your Future
The state of California enforces some of the strictest DUI or Driving under the Influence laws and penalties in United States. An “impaired” driver will have more than .08 percent blood alcohol level in their system and is subject to arrest. There is a NO tolerance law for anyone under the age of 21 in possession or impairment from alcohol. Duplicate offenders may not have more than .01 percent blood alcohol level.
Cases of DUI involving fatalities may mean a lifetime of consequences for those who are convicted. In addition to long prison sentences, DUI fatalities can lead to lifetime driver’s license revocations and unfavorable felony records, seriously harming your future. Felony convictions may also mean a loss of civil rights, including the loss of right to vote and bear firearms.
DUIs involving death are the most serious DUI felony. Even if a person has no prior DUI record, a person driving recklessly, causing the death of another is a serious offence in California.
DUIs can be elevated to felony cases in different ways.
Many DUI Convictions
Multiple DUI convictions can result in felony allegations in the following ways
· In California, a 4th or greater DUI within 10 years can be prosecuted as a felony offense. Any DUI conviction, wet reckless conviction, and/or DUIs in another state can be considered a priorable conviction.
· You may also face felony DUI charges if you have ever been convicted of a felony DUI — for any reason and at any time. This will happen even if the ten year look back period has expired and even if the new DUI is not a felony level offense.
DUI with Injury
Anyone who causes injury while driving intoxicated or under the influence of drugs faces charges of a distinct criminal offense in the state of California. Depending on the circumstances of your DUI accident, especially the severity of injuries of those injured in the DUI accident, drivers can be prosecuted for felony crimes. In case of great bodily injury, the driver DUI ca be prosecuted for “strikes” under California’s Three Strikes Law.
DUIs that result in the death of another person face the harshest DUI allegations. Depending on the circumstances, it may even result in charges for DUI second-degree murder.
If you or your loved one is currently facing felony DUI allegations in San Diego or a surrounding community, remember that time is of the essence. Consult an experienced DUI attorney quickly. Choose an attorney who can design an individual defense strategy for your case to challenge prosecution’s charges. The top priority should be to avoid and mitigate exposure to penalties.
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