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What IS A DUI With Injury?

What is a DUI With Injury?

A DUI with injury is when an individual driving a vehicle is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs while causing an accident where someone is injured other than themselves; like a passenger, pedestrian, driver or occupant of another vehicle, etc. This serious felony charge pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 23153 is also known as a Felony DUI and carries a maximum penalty of three years in state prison, fines, and a 1-year California driver’s license suspension. These case often carry enhancements pursuant to California Penal Code Section 12022.7(a) or (b) and increase the defendant’s exposure an additional 3 or 5 years in state prison. Felony cases involving such criminal offenses can be complicated and time consuming to resolve, due to the circumstances arising from this type of an arrest. Place, time, and the blood alcohol level (BAC) of the alleged offender must be carefully analyzed by the criminal defense attorney and their investigative staff. The prior arrest history of a defendant, including any possible previous DUI convictions, will also play a role in the pending case. Thus, it’s best to consult with an experienced Orange County criminal lawyer when facing a DUI with injury in Orange County. Call The Law Offices of Ray Dinari for a FREE consultation at (714)878-0448.


Consequences | DUI With Injury In Orange County

The consequences one faces for driving under the influence with injury or felony DUI (VC 23153) can be severe in the criminal court system, but many people tend to dismiss the social aspects of being convicted for this felony DUI offense. It would be safe to assume the alleged DUI offender is employed and or has a family to support. If convicted for this crime, the defendant may lose their job and earnings to support their family. The defendant may also be sent to jail or prison, further displacing this person from their family, friends, and lifestyle. Long term consequences of this felony conviction must be also considered. Any future gainful employment may be scrutinized by the company wanting to hire you. Background checks are part of a normal hiring procedure for many companies, especially if you are applying for a driver’s position. These are just a few scenarios someone may face. Don’t forget, a DUI with injury or felony DUI will remain on your DMV record for ten years from the date of conviction, and any DUI you receive during that ten year period will be charged as a felony if the original DUI with injury resulted in a felony conviction.


Orange County DUI With Injury Attorney

Mr. Ray Dinari of The Law Offices of Ray Dinari, is a licensed criminal law attorney through the State Bar of California. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Dinari has successfully represented many clients charged with driving under the influence with injury in Orange County, California. Mr. Dinari regularly appears in all four Orange County Superior Court courthouses, and is seen as a mentor for many local colleagues. Criminal defense attorney Ray Dinari understands his clients’ life changing exposure if convicted with such a crime. Thus, he works diligently with the client and the local criminal court system to obtain the best possible result in court. Mr. Dinari recommends the following:

Do not speak to the arresting agency (police department) or the Orange County District Attorney’s Office during or after an arrest.

Keep notes or a memo of what was said between the arrestee and the arresting agency.

Do not discuss the case or circumstances of the arrest with other parties involved and not involved. (Passengers, victim, friends, and family.)

Contact The Law Office of Ray Dinari for a FREE and honest legal consultation at (714)878-0448.

The recommendations given above are not a reason to be disrespectful or interfere with the duties of a peace officer. These recommendations are a stepping stone in preserving your rights as an individual. Unfortunately, many people panic during an arrest and feel it’s necessary to explain themselves or volunteer information, information that may be used against them in a court of law. If you are not sure or confused with what steps to take next, call Mr. Ray Dinari at your earliest convenience and he will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.  As a respected Orange County DUI with injury attorney, criminal defense attorney Ray Dinari will lead you in the right direction, no matter your circumstance.

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