Driving under the influence can result in many different consequences. In some cases, you could cause an accident or damage property. You might even be charged with assault with motor vehicle in addition to being charged with a DUI.
Assault and DUI
If assault is caused while you are driving under the influence, you face serious consequences. This is because you will be facing two charges. You face a DUI and an assault charge. You can be given a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000. In addition, your license will be suspended for a year. Once you get your license back, you will have to use an ignition interlock device. You must use this in your car for the two years after the suspension is lifted.
In some cases, you may qualify for a work or education permit. This will allow you to drive a car to and from work/school. However, it is important to note that such a permit will only give you the ability to drive to and from work or school. If caught driving to another function, you will be in violation of your suspension, and can face a driving with license suspended charge. This will in most cases cause your work or education permit to be revoked, and it will increase your license suspension. In many states, there is also mandatory jail time for those who drive with a suspended license.
DUI and Injury to Another Person
If you injure another person while driving under the influence, the consequences can be severe. If the injury results in manslaughter, you face a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of as much as $10,000. In addition, your license will be revoked for one year and you will have to use an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for the two years after you get your license back. Combining these punishments with DUI penalties can result in lengthy prison sentences and substantial fines.
Driving under the influence can severely impair your judgement and cause accidents that can result in injury or even death. If you are facing a serious DUI charge combined with assault or manslaughter, you need to speak with a criminal defense lawyer immediately. An assault and DUI lawyer will best know how to handle your situation and build a solid defense. Start crafting your defense today by contacting an attorney.