Georgia state law has already implemented a number of severe penalties
for individuals who drive under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. Consequences for a standard first time DUI can be
severe and may include:
- Fines up to $1,000
- Collateral expenses
- Up to one year imprisonment
- Community service
- Mandatory drug or alcohol treatment
- Driver’s license suspensions
When aggravating circumstances are involved, the penalties can intensify
considerably. A few examples of the aggravating circumstances that can result in heightened
charges and penalties in Georgia include:
- Multiple DUI convictions
- DUIs involving hit and run accidents
DUIs that cause injury or death
- DUIs involving a minor passenger
What is Serious Injury by Vehicle?
Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.), motorists who
cause serious injury while driving under the influence will be prosecuted
with a specific criminal offense known as
serious injury by vehicle, according to § 40-6-294 of the O.G.C.A. As defined by Georgia law,
an individual is guilty of serious injury by vehicle if they are driving
under the influence and cause bodily harm to another by:
- Depriving another of a member of their body;
- Rendering a member of another's body useless, including causing paralysis;
- Causing serious disfigurement; or
- Causing organic brain damage.
Simply put, accidents that result in serious or catastrophic, injuries
will often be grounds for this elevated charge. Injuries also do not need
to be permanent in order for prosecutors to charge a driver with this offense.
Serious injury by vehicle is considered a felony offense and is punishable
by a minimum of one year imprisonment and a maximum of 15 years, depending
on the circumstances. Certain factors may intensify penalties and increase terms of imprisonment,
including high blood alcohol content (BAC) levels and prior DUI convictions.
Accused of Serious Injury By Vehicle? Call Today.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a DUI accident that resulted
in a serious injury, your rights and future are at risk. As such, it is
of the utmost importance that you take swift action to work with a seasoned
Atlanta DUI defense lawyer who has the skills and resources to protect
your freedom and future. We are prepared to represent clients during all
aspects of their case, including criminal proceedings and Administrative
To discuss your case with
an Atlanta DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub,
call our team and schedule your consultation.