DUI Auto Accidents Lawyer
Have you caused a DUI-related car crash? What are you facing if you have a DUI in Los Angeles with an accident? Over the past twenty-five years, I have represented many clients on various levels related to DUIs with accidents and injuries in Los Angeles County.
An accident is related to a DUI case, but if there is also an injury to another person or even death, that takes the case into a whole new ballpark.
Hence, in my opinion, you must get into seeing an experienced Los Angeles DUI auto accident lawyer who has been down the path you are about to travel and had success.
I get my clients in from the beginning of the case, and we go over all of the details related to the point and then come up with a game plan to defend the case and avoid a lengthy sentence.
Reviewing Your DUI Auto Accident Case
The client must be honest with me about everything that happened leading up to the accident and DUI arrest. If something is left out or the story is spun so that I am left in the dark, the client will suffer the consequences. As your lawyer, I, too, must be honest with the client and let them know what they are facing a what I believe potential outcomes are in the case.
Depending on the circumstances, a skilled lawyer can make several counterarguments in an accident case. For example, if there was an accident and no one was hurt, we can often get the prosecutor to treat the case like a regular DUI and avoid jail time for the client.
Other scenarios involve accidents that are not my client's fault that cause injuries. The client should not be held responsible for the accident and resulting injuries if they did not cause the accident in these circumstances.
This is a tough argument that requires the best because there is a presumption in the law that you would be presumed at fault unless you rebut the presumption with good solid evidence if you were DUI when the accident happened. If the accident was your fault, you might be required to pay victim restitution.
DUI Accident with Injuries
If someone is injured in a DUI accident case, the prosecutors and judges typically want jail time in every Los Angeles County courthouse.
There are ways around this with legal representation from an experienced lawyer, but what can be done to get around jail revolves around a host of factors like:
- Does the defendant person in trouble has a prior DUI or criminal record?
- How high was their blood alcohol level?
- How dangerous was their conduct related to the DUI auto accident case?
- How many people are hurt due to the DUI, and what is the extent of the injuries?
- Is their insurance to cover the injured parties and their property?
The judge and prosecutor will consider all of the above factors and any other relevant conduct or information related to the client's case. The defense attorney must bring to light any mitigating details about the client. Character letters, a job, and many other things can be done to swing the pendulum in the client's favor. This is where experience and local know-how from our DUI defense law firm is crucial in best representing the client.
Prosecutors and judges are interested in making the injured party whole in these cases. If your lawyer can help them put the victim back in their place before the accident, then the prosecutor and judge will be more lenient on the defendant in a DUI case.
DUI Lawyers Defending Drunk Driving Accident Charges
If you caused an accident causing injury while driving under the influence, you must contact a DUI attorney immediately. You may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depending on how severe the injuries are, and in either case, the charges are serious.
We at the Hedding Law Firm have a combined 75 years of experience. We have handled thousands and thousands of driving under the influence cases involving accidents with injuries. Our credentials are unmatched, and we have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience with DUI cases.
We are confident that we can competently defend your DUI auto accident case. Call our law office for a free case evaluation.
Legal Penalties for DUI Causing Injury
If your DUI causing injury in Los Angeles County is being charged as a misdemeanor, you may face up to five years of probation, up to one year in county jail; up to $5000 in fines, alcohol abuse programs, and license suspension.
Suppose your DUI causing injury is being charged as a felony. In that case, you may face up to four years in prison and an additional three years for anyone else that sustained a significant bodily injury (one year for any physical harm); a strike on your record; up to $20,000 in fines; alcohol abuse programs; and four-year driver's license revocation.
If you are facing a DUI charge where you are accused of being responsible for a car accident, it's critical to consult with a DUI lawyer at our law firm immediately. Prosecutors will aggressively pursue a conviction. Call our DUI defense law firm directly and set up a free face-to-face case evaluation to avoid such harsh and severe penalties.