Non-serious Injury

DUI with Non-Serious Personal Injury

If you have been arrested for DUI with non-serious personal injury in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, enhanced penalties apply. The criminal charge of DUI that causes personal injury to another (when that injury is not deemed to be “serious bodily injury”) is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to (12) twelve months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

If the DUI allegedly caused “serious bodily injury,” the offense is a third-degree felony charge that is punishable by at least five years in Florida State Prison.

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Under Florida law, the DUI charge can be enhanced based on the fact that personal injury occurred, even if that injury is not deemed “serious” and even if you have no prior record. Additionally, the alleged victim in the car accident involving a DUI arrest may sue you for personal injury damages in civil court.

Additionally, if the DUI resulted in a crash, you will not be eligible for the DUI RIDR Diversion program in Hillsborough County, FL.

Contact a Tampa DUI Attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss fighting this very serious criminal charge of DUI with non-serious personal injury under Florida law.

Civil Lawsuits for Personal Injury Often Occur after the Arrest in Florida DUI Cases

For any DUI case resulting in a personal injury, the victim might seek out the services of a personal injury attorney who can bring a lawsuit for money damage.  These personal injury attorneys typically take the case on a contingency fee basis.

Your insurance company will manage parts of the personal injury lawsuit. Typically, your criminal defense attorney will notify your insurance company that you are represented by counsel in the criminal case.

The individual charged with DUI might also have to worry about being sued for damages beyond what the insurance company is required to pay, especially if the individual has substantial assets or income.

The outcome of your Florida DUI case may impact the civil case for personal injury damages. Also, the person charged with DUI should be careful not to talk to any insurance company about the facts of the case without contacting a criminal defense attorney for advice.

This article was last updated on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

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