DUI with Serious Bodily Injury
Serious Bodily Injury DUI is a serious offense because the maximum sentence is five (5) years incarceration in Florida State Prison and a fine of up to $5,000.00.
The term "serious bodily injury" is defined as any injury to another individual that results in the impairment of a body part or organ, disfigurement or any substantial risk of death. In many of these cases, a noticeable scar or other injury might be enough to submit the case to the jury.
In many of these cases, the prosecutor is seeking a long prison sentence because it is required by the sentencing scoresheet. Even for a person who had never been arrested the scoresheet will add 56 points for this level 7 felony.
The prosecutor will also add another 40 points if the victim's injury is deemed to be "severe." Those points alone require a prison sentence of more than four (4) years unless a "downward departure" is obtained.
Attorney for DUI with Serious Bodily Injury in Tampa, FL
If you have been arrested for Felony DUI with Serious Bodily Injury, contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, FL, to find out more about what you need to do today to protect yourself from this serious criminal offense.
We represent men and women charged with felony DUI throughout Hillsborough County, including Tampa and Plant City, Florida.
Call 813-250-0500 today.
Driver's License Revocation for a Minimum of Three Years
Besides the period of incarceration, a conviction for this felony DUI offense in Florida also causes driver's license revocation for at least three years that does not begin until after any period of incarceration is completed, even for a first arrest with no prior record.
The person convicted of this offense, if the person has no prior DUI conviction, may immediately apply for a hardship hearing after completing DUI school or the advanced driver improvement course.
If the person convicted of DUI with Serious Bodily Injury has any prior DUI convictions, then the revocation period is described below:
- Serious Bodily Injury DUI Conviction within 5 Years of any Prior DUI Conviction: A minimum five (5) year revocation will be imposed. The driver may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after at least a 12 months. If the second conviction is outside of 5 (five) years of any prior DUI conviction, then a minimum three (3) year revocation will be imposed.
- Serious Bodily Injury DUI Conviction is Third DUI within 10 Years of any Two Prior DUIs: A minimum ten (10) year revocation will be imposed. The driver may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after twenty-four (24) months.
- Serious Bodily Injury DUI Conviction is Third DUI within 10 Years of any One Prior DUI: Minimum five (5) year revocation. The driver may be eligible for a hardship reinstatement after twelve (12) months.
- Serious Bodily Injury DUI Conviction is the Third DUI but Outside of 10 years of any Prior DUI: Minimum three (3) year revocation.
- Serious Bodily Injury DUI Conviction is the Fourth DUI: Mandatory Permanent Lifetime Revocation with no possibility of a hardship reinstatement.
Hire an Experienced DUI Attorney in Tampa
For any charge of felony DUI with serious bodily personal injury, it is particularly important to seek out the services of an experienced Tampa felony DUI criminal defense lawyer to assist you early in the case.
At the Sammis Law Firm, our attorneys can provide you with a free initial consultations to discuss the charges pending against you, the potential penalties, and the best defenses to fight the charges.
Call 813-250-0500 to begin your defense today.
This article was last updated on Thursday, January 4, 2018.