Drunk Driving Manslaughter/Causing Serious Bodily Injury
Michigan DUI Attorneys Defending Clients in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan Facing DUI Manslaughter or Causing Serious Bodily Injury Charges
Operating a vehicle while under the influence is extremely dangerous, and often ends in tragic results. When someone is killed or suffers serious bodily injury as a result of an individual driving while intoxicated, that person may face serious criminal charges that result in life-changing consequences. Police and prosecutors frequently assume that in such a situation, a person's BAC (blood alcohol content) level is the direct cause of an accident resulting in death or serious injury, particularly if the individual is arrested for OWI or any drunk driving offense. In addition to being charged with DUI, you may find yourself facing felony assault charges. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan DUI defense attorneys are known across the state for obtaining exceptional results for clients accused of DUI involving manslaughter or serious injury to another person.
Serious Bodily Injury Caused by Drunk Driving in Michigan
According to Section 257.625 of the Michigan Vehicle Code, you may be found guilty of a felony if your ability to drive was impaired due to consuming alcohol, and an individual suffers serious injury or impairment of a body function because of it. It is essential to obtain the legal guidance of a skilled lawyer who is thoroughly familiar with the often-intricate circumstances involved in these types of cases. Having the support and representation of a skilled Michigan drunk driving attorney who is capable of building a strong and effective defense can make all the difference in the outcome.
The criminal penalties individuals face if convicted of DUI homicide or causing serious bodily injury are severe in themselves; however your life will be affected in other ways, including possible loss of your freedom and damage to your career and reputation. Regardless of the stage of your case, our firm is highly capable of providing the help you need from beginning to end, including throughout pre-file, trial, even post-conviction. We urge you to contact our Michigan criminal defense firm now at 1-800-342-7896.
DUI Causing Death or Serious Bodily Injury Criminal Penalties
Criminal penalties are severe when you are found guilty of drunk driving which results in the death of another person, or serious bodily injury. These penalties may include substantial prison time, fines, and more.
If convicted of drunk driving causing death (manslaughter), the punishment you may face includes up to 15 years in prison. However, if the accident resulted in an emergency or highway worker losing his or her life, you may be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. In addition, you may face fines of between $2,500 and $10,000, vehicle immobilization and/or forfeiture, and restitution.
When serious bodily injury results in an accident directly caused by drunk driving, you may be sentenced to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000, vehicle forfeiture, and up to 5 years in prison. In either situation your driver's license may be suspended or revoked.
It is important to note that when arrested for drunk driving resulting in manslaughter, prosecuting attorneys may decide to charge you with murder. Regardless of your situation, the professionals at Grabel & Associates will work diligently to have the charge against you dismissed or reduced. We will thoroughly investigate your case to uncover any mistakes, which may be to your advantage, and explore any potential weaknesses in the prosecutor's case. We will work closely with you to achieve the desired outcome, developing an effective defense strategy for outstanding results.
Contact Grabel & Associates for Drunk Driving Defense Now
The attorneys with our Michigan DUI defense firm are capable, experienced, and skilled, successfully defending clients who have been accused of reckless driving, felony drunk driving, child endangerment, underage drinking, juvenile DUI crimes and more. If you have been arrested or charged with drunk driving causing death or serious bodily injury, it is important you have a lawyer with experience and a proven track record of success.
We are available 24/7, so do not hesitate to contact us online or immediately by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-342-7896 for a free evaluation regarding your drunk driving case.