If you were arrested for a DUI in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania after an automobile accident with injuries, the consequences you may face will likely be much greater than being convicted only of a misdemeanor DUI.
Penalties for DUI accidents with injuries (other than to the driver) are decidedly more severe than a misdemeanor DUI and, if you are convicted, a felony will appear on your permanent record. Depending on the severity of the injuries, you could be charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person or, if there are deaths involved, you could face homicide charges.
DUI Aggravated Assault
If any person, other than the intoxicated driver, receives serious bodily injury, you could be charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony . The PA Vehicle Code Section 3735.1 defines a serious bodily injury as “any bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.” In Pennsylvania, the maximum sentence for a second-degree felony conviction is 10 years in jail and a maximum $25,000 fine.
DUI Vehicular Homicide
Should a death result from the accident for which you were charged with DUI, you may also be charged with homicide while under the influence, also known as vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony in Pennsylvania. If convicted, you will face a minimum sentence of a mandatory three years in prison for each victim whose death resulted from the accident, along with a fine of up to $25,000.
Contact Our Pennsylvania DUI Accident Law Firm
If you have been charged with DUI aggravated assault or vehicular homicide, it does not automatically mean that you will be convicted. Steven Kellis has the experience and knowledge required to provide you with skilled legal representation in your DUI accident case, no matter how serious the injuries. He will explore your options and provide you with the most aggressive defense possible.Contact the law office of Steven Kellis today for a free consultation.