If you are caught operating a vehicle while you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances, you can easily find yourself in hot water with the law. The laws for DUI offenders are extremely strict because of how harmful the act is. Drunk driving poses a serious risk, not just for the driver, but also to anyone else who is on the road at the same time as the intoxicated individual.
If you end up getting into an accident while DUI, the legal penalties are much more serious and you will also have to cover the damages you caused to other people on top of the regular DUI fines. If you get into a collision and you cause property damage or someone gets injured because of your driving, you will most likely be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. However, if the damage caused is profoundly serious then you can be charged with a third-degree felony.
If you are caught by a police officer while you are DUI, you will be compelled to pay fines and face other penalties. The extent of your fines will differ depending on whether this is a first offense or if you were previously charged with DUI. If you are charged with a first-time conviction you can face no less then $500 in fines, while for a third offense, you can face no less than $2000 in fines.
If you are arrested for DUI you should call a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to help you potentially decrease the total amount you have to pay.
What happens if I leave the scene of the collision in Orlando, Florida?
If you leave the scene of a collision in which you seriously harmed or killed someone while DUI, you will be charged with a first-degree felony and can face $10,000 in fines and 30 years imprisonment. If you find yourself in an accident, your first duty is to leave your vehicle and do everything in your power to render aid to the individuals who were hurt.
It can be very frightening to cause harm to another person, and when your senses are already clouded due to the intoxicant you consumed it can become even more difficult to understand how to respond to such a situation. However, you should always try your best to aid anyone you have harmed. If you fail to do this and you try to escape from the scene you can be forced to face serious legal penalties.
Get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer today in Orlando, Florida at the Law Offices of Donald A. Lykkebak to determine what steps should be taken next to help lighten your legal sentences.
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