Felony DUI with Great Bodily Injury
SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS POSSIBLE
ACT QUICKLY TO PRESERVE FAVORABLE EVIDENCE
If you are involved in an accident, whether it be a single car, multiple car or auto/pedestrian accident that involves someone being hurt, and are suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be charged with Felony DUI with Great Bodily Injury. The law defines “great bodily injury” as follows:
As used in this section, “great bodily injury” means bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.” (South Carolina Code of Laws Section 56-5-2945).
PENALTIES AND FINES:
If found guilty of this offense, you will face very serious consequences, including mandatory jail time of thirty (30) days, with the possibility of up to fifteen (15) years in prison, and fines of between Five Thousand One Hundred ($5,100.00) Dollars and Ten Thousand One Hundred ($10,100.00) Dollars. In addition to the criminal penalties, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles must suspend your driver’s license for the period of incarceration plus three (3) years!
LAW ENFORCEMENT IS MOVING QUICKLY, SHOULDN’T YOU?
When investigating an accident involving the suspicion of DUI, law enforcement officers work quickly to build their case against the Defendant driver. They may bring in their own accident reconstruction team to get measurements, take photographs and document the crime scene. They will interview all witnesses on the scene. They will ask that you submit to field sobriety tests and/or blood alcohol tests, and will record your activity during the investigation. Unlike a regular DUI, the police can take your blood sample. Because of the severity of the charge the option of a refusal has been removed as an option. An experienced DUI attorney can and will challenge this seizure of your blood.
ACT QUICKLY TO PREPARE A DEFENSE: If you have been charged with Felony DUI, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced DUI defense attorney immediately. Early investigation is critical immediately after the accident and arrest. We have our own experts who will help us examine the evidence, review and reconstruct the accident scene, and find and interview independent witnesses. We are experienced in challenging the State’s investigation and their investigators, reviewing and challenging the evidence, and applying the latest legislation and most recent case law to the particular facts and circumstances of your case.
If you have been charged with Felony DUI, please contact us immediately so that our experienced team can begin building your defense before valuable information is lost or removed and no longer available. You may reach us by phone at 843-971-0099, or by clicking here to contact us for a free case evaluation.