DUI Serious Injury
DUI Serious Injury cases in Georgia are felonies and you risk serious time if convicted. Under Georgia law, a serious injury by vehicle DUI charge can carry up to 15 years in prison, and you are realistically facing prison if convicted of these charges. You are also facing separate counts of DUI serious injury for each injury you inflict on someone, or on multiple people. Thus, the state will stack their case with everything possible in a serious injury case.
Requirements of DUI Serious Injury Cases
While DUI serious injury charges do carry stiffer consequences, the DUI elements are the same, meaning the state must still prove you were DUI using the same field tests and chemical tests. You are simply facing more exposure if you are convicted. A serious injury, under Georgia law, is limited to more serious injuries, but the statute leaves it open to a jury or judge’s judgment, to a certain extent. Broken bones, dislocated joints, and even scars have all been held to be a serious injury under Georgia case law. Additionally, there is no requirement that the injury be permanent, so even if someone has fully healed, you can still be charged with serious injury by vehicle.
Zeliff Watson Fights DUI Injury Cases
At Zeliff | Watson, we have handled just about every combination of DUI charge, including DUI serious injury charges, and achieved successful outcomes for our clients. We approach serious injury cases in a methodical fashion, beginning on your first consultation when we hear the story, from your perspective. If you have been involved in an accident, and charged with serious injury by vehicle or DUI serious injury, give us a call today to discuss your defense.