More commonly referred to as an operating while intoxicated charge (OWI), being charged with and convicted of a DUI can have a devastating impact on your life. But, when your drunk driving has harmed someone else, you could be facing even more serious penalties.
Read on to learn more about the consequences you’ll be subject to and possible defenses your attorney may use to clear your name.
Consequences of a DUI
You can be charged with a DUI with serious bodily injury if someone else, whether it be someone in another vehicle or one of your own passengers is injured in some way.
Perhaps they became unconscious, are in severe pain, suffered a miscarriage or were otherwise at risk of death. In any case, with a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you could be charged with a level 5 felony. This is punishable by a maximum of six years in prison and fines not to exceed $10,000.
Building Your Defensive Strategy
There are many defenses that can be used in a DUI case. Generally speaking, it is quite common to argue that the chemical tests you were subjected to were either incorrectly administered or that the results were invalid.
For you to be convicted of a DUI with serious bodily injury, the prosecuting attorney will need to prove that someone else was injured. It’s possible that we can prove to the judge that the injuries sustained by the alleged victim are less severe than the prosecutor has presented.
Reach Out to an Indiana Drunk Driving Lawyer
To learn more about your DUI with serious bodily injury charges and possible defense strategies, reach out to a qualified Indiana drunk driving lawyer at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm. To schedule your free, no-obligation case review, give us a call at 1-812-232-7400 or complete the brief contact form we have included at the bottom of this page.