Orange County DUI Causing Injury Lawyer
Get a Board Certified DUI Defense Attorney on your side.
Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both is a severe offense in California under any circumstances. When this offense leads to the injury of another, its gravity is elevated and generally results in more severe and life-changing penalties.
Understanding the implications of your charges in such a matter is essential. Furthermore, you will need the representation of an experienced DUI defense lawyer who understands the law, the complexities of the criminal justice system, and how to build a strong case on your behalf.
Attorney Virginia Landry of the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. has defended clients in all DUI-related matters for over 34 years. She has the expertise of Board Certification in this practice area from the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), one of only four female lawyers nationwide to achieve this. She is currently the Dean/President of the NCDD, an additional accomplishment that makes her a leader in this field.
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Understanding DUI Causing Injury Charges in California
DUI-causing injury is defined under California Vehicle Code 23153. This law makes it unlawful to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both and cause bodily injury to another person. This law covers not only illegal drugs but also prescription medications.
Under this law, it is unlawful to commit any illegal act or “neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle” as part of its definition.
An "illegal act" in these offenses is driving under the influence. Neglecting to perform a legal duty, on the other hand, refers to failing to follow traffic rules, such as stopping at a red light or yielding to pedestrians. For example, if a drunk driver runs a red light and injures another driver or passenger, they could be found guilty of DUI causing injury.
Under the law, driving under the influence could include driving with a blood alcohol concentration of. 08 percent or more, driving while impaired regardless of BAC or drugged driving.
Potential Charges & Penalties
A DUI causing injury may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and the severity of the injuries caused. This is often referred to as a "wobbler" offense.
If convicted of a misdemeanor DUI causing injury, you may face the following penalties:
- Up to one year in a county jail
- Probation for three to five years
- A fine of up to $5,000
- Mandatory participation in a DUI school
- License suspension for up to three years
- Restitution to the alleged victim for injury expenses
If convicted of a felony DUI causing injury, penalties can include:
- State prison sentence of up to four years
- A fine of up to $5,000
- Mandatory attendance in a DUI school
- Five-year license revocation
- Being labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender for three years
- A potential “strike” on your criminal record under the Three Strikes Law
At Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.
Best DUI attorney in Orange County. She far exceeded my expectations. You can tell she cares about her clients. She’s strategic and relentless. If you want the best results possible, retain Virginia Landry.- Google Reviewer
My case was dismissed DUI, due to her help. I sincerely appreciate it. My case is finally over now. If you have any concerns or cases, and you need help but can't find a trusted lawyer, I highly recommend hiring Virginia. She was very detailed and meticulous on how she handled my case and I couldn't be any happier with the outcome!! She is an excellent lawyer! Do not hesitate to contact her, and again I really appreciate her help!- Bella L.
WOW!!!!! Virginia Landry is an absolute professional who knows what she's talking about. But she doesn't just talk, she is ALL ACTION. I was quite nervous as she was a referral and I'll have to say I'm so glad I was referred. Absolutely incredible and worth every penny spent. Her compassion is beyond my understanding, especially in these times. I can't say enough other than HIRE HER NOW!!! You will NOT be disappointed. A+++++++++- S.D.
The Importance of a Defense Lawyer
Being charged with a DUI causing injury can be an overwhelming experience. The stakes are high and could be devastating to your future. The importance of hiring a skilled defense lawyer cannot be overstated at such a time.
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, we can guide you through the legal process, evaluate the evidence against you, and potentially negotiate for reduced charges or penalties. For example, our attorney might challenge the validity of breathalyzer testing or fault for the accident. Each case is unique, and negotiations will be based on the circumstances of your case.
Should your case go to trial, you will have a trial-tested attorney with the litigation skills needed to help you fight for your rights and best interests in the courtroom.
Reach out to our team at (949) 694-8804 for legal help today.