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DUI Manslaughter & DUI Serious Bodily Injury

While a DUI offense is a serious charge with severe penalties, if an accident occurs resulting in serious injuries or the death of another person, a DUI charge is escalated to felony status. Unfortunately, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs often results in traffic collisions involving serious bodily injury or death. The frequency of these cases in Florida has compelled the State to aggressively prosecute these types of cases and enforce harsh penalties on those suspected of DUI.

If you are involved in a DUI traffic crash where someone is seriously injured, the DUI charge can be raised to a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Serious bodily injury is defined by Florida law to mean any serious physical injury to another person or driver that poses a risk for death, disfigurement or the loss or impairment of the function of any body part or organ.

DUI manslaughter is undoubtedly the most serious DUI offense. This charge usually arises when someone is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, prescription pills or any combination of the three and caused a traffic accident that kills another person. DUI manslaughter is classified as a second-degree felony in the state of Florida that carries consequences of up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. A DUI manslaughter conviction carries a minimum mandatory prison sentence of four years. This offense can be increased to a first-degree felony carrying a prison sentence of up to 30 years if the accused leaves the scene of the accident or fails to render aid. Additionally, each count of DUI manslaughter carries penalties, and multiple counts can be charged when an accident results in multiple deaths.

DUI manslaughter and DUI serious bodily injury cases bring up many complex issues that need to be addressed as quickly as possible. As former criminal prosecutors, we can look at your case from a variety of angles including:

  • What was the cause of the accident?
  • Is there valid proof of who was driving the vehicle?
  • Was your blood alcohol content above or below the legal limit? Was a blood, breath or urine test lawfully obtained by law enforcement?
  • Did your negligence play a role in the death of another person?
  • What do eye witnesses have to say about the accident?
  • What do experts and accident reconstructionists have to say about the evidence?

While these are just a few of the questions our Felony DUI Lawyers will answer, the sooner we can investigate your case the more likely we can find favorable evidence that may help beat your felony DUI charges. While any Florida DUI is serious, when you are facing charges of DUI Manslaughter or DUI Serious Bodily Injury, it is absolutely essential to seek the help of an experienced Felony DUI Lawyer to explore all legal and technical aspect of your case. Along with potential prison terms and hefty fines, a DUI Manslaughter or DUI Serious Bodily Injury conviction imposes a driver’s license suspension for a minimum of three years.

When you are accused of DUI resulting in serious bodily injury or death, your future and freedom are at stake. Early intervention is critical for Felony DUI cases because investigations need to be thoroughly evaluated and if any blood tests were performed, a complete analysis of the procedure needs to be performed immediately. The Felony DUI Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can assist you in fighting Felony DUI allegations and guide you through the legal process.

If you have been accused of or charged with DUI Serious Bodily Injury or DUI Manslaughter in The Villages or in Lake, Sumter or Marion County, contact The Villages Felony DUI Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or call 352-369-5334.