Did You Get Into a Drunk Driving Accident?
Sometimes drunk drivers get into accidents, and instead of just getting a DUI, these drivers are charged with a more severe crime. Depending on the extent of the accident, that charge could be treated as felony.
If you have gotten into a drunk driving accident in Delaware, it’s in your best interest to find a local lawyer to help you secure the best possible outcome. The penalties for causing a drunk driving accident can include fines, court fees, a suspended license, a possible ignition interlock device, fines for property damage and even a jail sentence. It’s important to work with a lawyer who understands you and can fight on your behalf.
For over 30 years, Defense Attorney Andrew Rahaim has helped defend clients who have caused accidents while driving drunk. With offices in Wilmington and Newark, Rahaim & Saints, LLP offers services to clients across Delaware, including New Castle County, Sussex County and Kent County.
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The Penalties for Drunk Driving Accidents Are Severe in Delaware
The consequences of a DUI accident in Delaware can be dire. If your DUI accident causes injury, you can also be charged with second degree assault. This is a Class B Felony and can lead to 2 to 25 years in prison. DUI accidents leading to injury can also be classified as a Class F felony.
If you’re found guilty of vehicular homicide because someone was killed in your accident, you could even face one to five years in jail. If someone was killed in the accident, you may be charged with one of two felonies:
- First Degree — Vehicular homicide in the first degree usually means the driver was DUI, and negligent driving led to a fatality. This is a Class E Felony and will result in two to five years of jail time in some cases. Someone convicted on this charge will not be eligible for work release, custody, parole or probation for at least 18 months.
- Second Degree — This is a class F Felony and will result in one to five years of jail time in some cases. Vehicular homicide in the second degree is typically the charge when a motorist has been driving in a criminally negligent manner while driving under the influence, and causes a fatality. Someone who is convicted of this charge will not be eligible for parole, furlough, work release, probation or custody for the length of their sentence.
In addition to these charges, someone who has caused injury or a fatality in a DUI accident can be charged not only in criminal proceedings but can also have a lawsuit filed against them by the person who has been injured — or by surviving family members. If a driver is sued, they may find their assets or business at risk. If the lawsuit is levied against the driver’s insurance company, the motorist may have a difficult time getting insured in the future or may face prohibitively high insurance costs.
Obviously, the charges laid in these types of cases are important. If you’re accused of causing an accident caused by drunk driving, contact Rahaim & Saints today. Our legal team can work to reduce or negotiate charges to protect your future.
You Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident Involving a Drunk Driver
No cases involving drunk driving accidents are open and shut. Several factors come into play when it comes to deciding how you are going to defend your DUI charges. In some cases, you can certainly get your case downgraded to alcohol-related reckless driving charges. In other cases, you can even get your charges entirely dismissed.
All of that depends on your previous criminal history, whether you’ve gotten a DUI before and what defense approach is taken. That’s where a lawyer for your DUI auto accident can help.
At Rahaim & Saints, our legal team will work to make sure you secure the best possible outcome in your DUI case. If you get into a drunk driving accident in Delaware, contact our attorneys today so we can start work on your case immediately. You can reach us at 302-892-9200 or 302-832-1800, and you can also email us.meet our team
Rahaim & Saints: The Delaware DUI Attorneys You Need Following a Car Accident
Our lawyers serve clients all across Delaware, including New Castle County and the towns of Brandywine, Fairfax, Wilmington, Claymont, New Castle, Stanton, Newport, Newark, the University of Delaware campus, Christiana, Bear, Glasgow, Pike Creek, Hockessin, Townsend, Odessa, Middletown and Smyrna.
Nobody wants to be drunk while causing a car accident, but sometimes we make mistakes and it happens. Hire a DUI accident lawyer who will help you secure the best possible future outcome. We know the law inside and out, and we’ll work to make sure you face the lightest penalties possible.
You can’t go through this difficult time alone. Contact us today for a free consultation.