If a drivers negligence contributed to your properties damage or self bodily injury, contact Palm Beach County Attorneys Bottari & Doyle at 561-588-2781.
DUI Property Damage or Non-Serious Bodily Injury
A person who operates a motor vehicle and by reason of the operation causes or contributes to causing damage to the property or person of another commits a first degree misdemeanor. In addition to the mandatory DUI penalties, a defendant convicted of a first degree misdemeanor is subject to incarceration in the county jail for a period of one year.
Additionally, prosecutors often charge defendants with several counts of DUI Property Damage/Bodily Injury. For example, a drunk driver who crashes into another’s mailbox, then rear-ends a car causing injury to the driver of the car can be charged with 3 separate counts of DUI Property Damage/Bodily Injury: One count for damaging the mailbox, one count for damaging the car, and one count for injuring the driver.
DUI Serious Bodily Injury
A person who operates a motor vehicle and by reason of the operation causes or contributes to causing serious bodily injury to another commits third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in state prison and a $5,000 fine.
As defined in Florida Statute Section 316.1933(b), “serious bodily injury” means an injury to any person, including the driver, which consists of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.
If you have been charged with a DUI involving an accident, bodily injury, or crash please contact one of our dedicated
Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers at Bottari & Doyle.