DUI penalties in York County and throughout Pennsylvania can vary greatly, mainly due to sentencing enhancements. Sentencing enhancements occur when the prosecutor increases the potential punishment in your DUI case, resulting in increased fines, longer jail time, and prolonged license suspensions.
Some of the sentencing enhancements common in DUI cases involving accidents include:
- Aggravated assault while under the influence, an extremely serious charge that is considered a second-degree felony under the DUI laws in Pennsylvania. Aggravated assault while under the influence can carry severe punishments including a maximum of 10 years in jail and up to $25,000 in fines.
- Involuntary manslaughter is a first degree misdemeanor under Pennsylvania law, with potential punishment of up to five years in prison. If the defendant committed involuntary manslaughter as the parent, caregiver, or custodian of a child under the age of 12, Pennsylvania law increases the criminal charge to a second degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
- Vehicular homicide, a third-degree in Pennsylvania, may result in a mandatory prison sentence of a minimum of three years and up to ten years, with three additional years added for each additional death.
According to the DUI laws in Pennsylvania, the district attorney is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim’s injury was a direct cause of your alleged drunk driving and DUI charges.
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Were you arrested for DUI after you were involved in an automobile accident in which someone was injured? You should realize that you aren’t facing simple DUI charges, and you will need the help of an experienced, aggressive DUI accident defense attorney. Steven Kellis has been defending York County clients against such charges for more than two decades, and he will use his experience to help you too. Contact the law office of Steven Kellis to schedule your free initial consultation today.