DUI with serious bodily injury is a very serious charge. Even if it is your first DUI, and you have no prior history, if you are found to be driving under the influence and you cause serious bodily injury to another as a result, you can be charged with a third degree felony!! This is no small matter. Serious charges require serious and dedicated representation. The professional attorneys and staff of Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins are prepared to provide that help and support to you!
What does “serious bodily injury” mean?
Under the Florida Statutes, the term “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.”
This means you can be charged with this offense even if you only hurt yourself!!
Do I have to be drinking to be charged with DUI with Serious Bodily Injury?
No. They can charge you with DUI with Serious Bodily Injury if they believe you are under the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol, or certain types of prescription medications.
What are the penalties for DUI with Serious Bodily Injury?
DUI With Serious Bodily Injury is a third degree felony. It is punishable by up to five years in the Department of Corrections and $5000 fine. There is also all of the standard DUI conditions such as probation, DUI School and substance abuse counseling.
What about my license?
If you are convicted of DUI with Serious Bodily Injury, there is a 3 year driver’s license revocation. However, there are provisions for a hardship license once you complete DUI School and, in some cases, a Driver Improvement Course.
Don’t accept a felony conviction without speaking to an attorney!! There are several ways to challenge a serious bodily injury charge. The dedicated attorneys at Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins will take the time necessary to review your case and create the best defense for you. Do not wait. We are available 24.7 to consult with you. Call us now at 813-200-4421 and let us assist you!!