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.
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.
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