Drunk Driving Caused an Accident
- posted: Apr. 12, 2012
What happens if drunk driving caused an accident?
If you caused an automobile accident while you were drunk, you potentially face two very different actions in court:
- The first action consists of criminal charges for DUI brought by the local prosecutor. This first action is very serious, and it may result in significant fines, jail time, and a suspended driver's license.
- The second action is a civil lawsuit brought by whomever you hurt or whomever owned the property you damaged during the accident. This action can result in significant amounts of money being owed to the damaged party.
The outcome of the criminal case may affect any civil lawsuit against you. Seek out and hire experienced attorneys in order to protect your rights.
Manassas DUI lawyers defend your rights
Our Prince William County DUI lawyers are experienced in defending criminal cases. In some instances, the civil action may wait until the criminal action is complete. The person who was hurt may want the prosecutor to prove that you were drunk and that your drunkenness resulted in the accident. A loss in criminal court can be a powerful tool against you in the civil case. That is why it is important to keep the possible civil case in mind while preparing your criminal case.
On top of the two possible actions — criminal and civil — you will likely face more severe criminal charges if your DUI accident caused a death. Very often, a death caused by a DUI is classified as involuntary manslaughter. This charge brings with it a new set of penalties and worries. A Manassas DUI attorney who is also experienced in defending involuntary manslaughter cases can be an invaluable source of help to you.
When your future is at stake, we will fight for you
When things important to your future are at stake, the DUI attorneys at The Daugherty Law Firm give you straight talk and straight answers. They help you explore all of your options and develop a plan of action that meets your individual goals.
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