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DUI Accidents

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Patrick Ferris is an effective drunk driving accident lawyer serving Coffee County, GA. With offices located in Douglas, GA, Patrick Ferris can try cases in Georgia and South Carolina. He has extensive experience as a drunk driving accident attorney. Know what to do prior to leaving the scene of any accident. Know what to do in the case of a DUI serious injury accident. Call an experienced drunk driving accident attorney who knows what to do in the case of different variations of drunk driving accident to include those involving bodily harm.

DUI Accident with Serious Injury

As a driver, if you cause a DUI accident which results in a serious injury or bodily harm to another person, you may be charged with serious injury by vehicle. Results which constitute a serious injury include dismemberment, disfigurement, and brain damage among other bodily harms. A serious injury is not necessarily permanent. A broken arm can constitute a serious injury. The penalties given out for this offense can include:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Restitution paid to the victim or the victim's family
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment or evaluation
  • Mandatory risk reduction course
  • Suspension of drivers' license for up to three (3) years
  • Revocation of driver's license
  • Community service
  • Up to 15 years in prison

In order to be convicted of a serious injury by vehicle charge, the driver's action has to be the cause of the serious injury. Driving under the influence (DUI) can constitute substantial cause of serious injury. If multiple serious injuries occur during the same drunk driving accident, the driver may only be convicted of one count of serious injury by vehicle. If a conviction is also made for DUI, this conviction will be combined with the serious injury by vehicle charge.

A prosecutor in a DUI with serious injury case must be able to prove the existence of several factors in order to obtain a conviction. If you have been charged with a DUI drunk driving accident, call Patrick Ferris at (912) 384-1099 today. Patrick Ferris will consult with pharmacologists, accident reconstruction experts, forensic toxicologists, etc. in order to avoid convictions. Basic DUI charges in our state are already taken very seriously by prosecutors and judges in Georgia. DUI offenses that involve serious injury or bodily harm are dealt with even more seriously.

Before submitting to any interrogation by law enforcement personnel, it is critical that you speak with a competent an effective DUI accident attorney. Being interviewed under pressure and without counsel could result in you making statements that could negatively affect the outcome of your case. Having your attorney present during questioning will ensure your rights are protected and your defense is on track. Contact a Georgia DUI drunk driving accident defense lawyer, Patrick Ferris, if you have been arrested in Coffee County and charged with a DUI following an accident involving serious injury or bodily harm. Call soon after your arrest is made. Your chance for success in beating the conviction decreases with every day that passes.

Leaving the Scene of a DUI Accident

In Georgia, persons involved in an automobile accident must ensure that certain actions are accomplished prior to leaving the scene. This may include the following:

  • Contact emergency services
  • Aid the injured
  • Exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident
  • Provide a statement to law enforcement officials.

Failure to perform these actions after a drunk driving accident could result in a charge of "leaving the scene" which is more commonly known as a "hit and run".

Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious injury or bodily harm to others is potentially a felony offense. For this hit and run or leaving the scene action, you could face:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Jail time
  • Legal action from the victim or the victim's family
  • Conviction will remain permanently on your criminal record

The stakes of a leaving the scene conviction are high and could affect your ability to obtain employment, loans, higher education, etc. Call Patrick Ferris today at (912) 384-1099 for your best chance at beating the charges.