Firm Articles

What Happens If I Have an Accident While Driving Drunk?

Posted by Carmine R. Villani | Mar 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

car crash

The long-term effects and injuries that result from auto accidents are overwhelming enough without adding alcohol into the equation. When you are in an accident while driving drunk, you can expect serious injuries and damage as well as legal consequences of breaking the law. Further, you not only put your own life in danger but driving drunk puts everyone who happens to be on the road with you in danger as well.

Penalties for Accidents While Driving Drunk

In many cases, causing a serious injury in an accident while driving drunk can be considered a felony, depending on the severity of the injuries and other factors. This means you will likely face thousands of dollars in fines, loss of driving privileges, and jail or prison time. However, besides the penalties for breaking the law, you could also be held responsible for the victim's injuries and damage as well. Victims of car accidents caused by drunk drivers can seek restitution and are often due compensation for any injuries.

Vehicular Manslaughter

One of the most tragic consequences of getting into an accident while driving drunk is the possibility of causing someone's death. According to N.J. Criminal Code 2C:11-5, any deaths that occur as a result of your accident and drinking and driving can become criminal homicide. This charge occurs when someone dies as a result of reckless driving of a vehicle or vessel and isn't limited to just drinking and driving. For example, reckless driving leading to criminal homicide can also include falling asleep while driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or operating a hand-held wireless phone. Depending on the circumstances, you could be charged with vehicular homicide.

When To Contact An Ocean County Defense Attorney?

If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter, homicide, leaving the scene of an accident or drunk driving it may be time to reach out to a Criminal Defense Attorney. At Villani & DeLuca, we have be defending clients against harsh criminal charges for over twenty years. Call 732-965-3999 to speak with one of our attorneys.


Villani & DeLuca Service Areas

Monmouth County

Asbury Park | Belmar| Freehold | Hazlet | Howell | Long Branch | Middletown | Neptune | Ocean Township | Wall

Ocean County

Bay Head | Brick | Jackson | Lakehurst | Lakewood | Long Beach | Manchester | Point Pleasant Beach  | Seaside Park | Toms River

About the Author

Carmine R. Villani

Founding partner, Carmine Villani, Esq. is a former municipal prosecutor with over 20 years experience in Criminal and DWI Defense.

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Act Now Before It's Too Late!

Njdwilegal footer2

Mistakes happen all of the time. If a mistake was made by the police or the New Jersey prosecution it should not hurt you and your family. Our experienced NJ DWI Defense Lawyers at Villani & DeLuca regularly protect the legal rights of people who have been charged with DWI / DUI or breath test refusal. This traffic offense carries the possibility of jail time and costly fines in New Jersey. The stakes are too high and the possible effects can last for years. A strong legal defense can often convince the courts to have your drunk driving charges dismissed or reduced so don't risk your future by trying to defend yourself against a DUI! Contact Villani & Deluca today for a FREE case evaluation on all your pending drunk driving charges.

This website is designed for information purposes only and should not be construed as formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney/client relationship.

Menu