While drinking and driving is an unsafe practice, many people throughout the United States choose to drink every day. In fact, it is estimated that before a person has been arrested for the first time for DUI, that person has already driven drunk 80 times. This statistic is exceedingly high when you consider the amount of lives that are at risk every year due to drunk drivers.
Like any other state, Georgia enforces different DUI laws in order to make the road a safer place for all commuters. Still, a large percentage of auto-related fatalities that occurred in Georgia were been caused by drunk drivers. The Governor's Office of Highway safety reports that nearly 28% of all auto fatalities in Georgia were alcohol-related accidents.
Due to the amount of drunk driving fatalities, Georgia enforces tough penalties for those who have caused the death of another person while driving under the influence. Below are 7 things you should know about DUIs resulting in death or serious injuries in the state of Georgia.
1.ANY DUI can become a felony when a serious injury occurs.
2.An injury may be considered a serious injury if a victim loses full use of any body part.
3.An injury may be considered a serious injury if a victim suffers extreme scarring.
4.An injury may be considered a serious injury if a victim suffers loss of memory.
5.An injury may be considered a serious injury if a victim suffers any kind of brain damage.
6.Any DUI resulting in a victim's fatality will more than likely result in a felony.
7.A person can be considered a victim if they are another driver, a passenger in yours or another person's vehicle, a pedestrian, a biker, and more.
Because a DUI charge may result in a felony charge, it is important that a person who has been arrested for a DUI and has injured another person as a result seek legal representation right away. With the strict enforcement of Georgia DUI laws, these serious charges can result in lengthy terms of imprisonment, hefty fines, and serious, long-term consequences.. By putting the right legal team on your side, you can make sure that you are not wrongly convicted of a crime, that you are seeking the best outcomes for your case, and that you do not face unnecessary penalties.
Whom Should I Contact if I Have Seriously Injured a Person in a DUI Accident?
If you have been arrested for a DUI and have injured another person in an alcohol-related accident, speak with one of our Atlanta DUI defense attorneys right away. Your freedom is at stake and you may face serious penalties and consequences as a result. The Atlanta DUI defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson may be able to decrease your penalties or have your charges dismissed by exploring your case detail by detail.
Don't hesitate. Protect your rights. Call our firm today!