Santa Barbara DUI Accident Attorney
Retain Legal Services From Our Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorneys
If being arrested for a
DUI isn’t dreadful enough, an accident which results in the injury or
death of another individual can make the situation much worse. Not only
will you be facing severe punishment, but facing
criminal charges can cause significant harm to your reputation.
Appel & Morse, our legal team is dedicated to fighting the charges you are facing. With
over 30 years of combined experience, our Santa Barbara DUI lawyers understand
how the prosecution will approach your case because a former district
deputy attorney is on our team, and will be on your side.
Consequences of DUI Accidents Causing Injury
Being involved in an accident while under the influence of alcohol will
automatically make you at fault, since a drunk driver is generally labeled
as negligent and reckless. While a
first-time DUI offense is considered a misdemeanor in California, a DUI accident will lead to an
aggravated DUI charge, which is associated with harsher penalties.
The following are aggravating factors for a DUI:
- Acquired two or three DUIs within five years
- BAC testing results are .15% or above
- Charged with a hit-and-run
- Children under 14 were in the car
- Driver’s license is suspended or expired
- Driving at least 25 to 30 miles over the speed limit
- Involved in an accident with another car
- Involved in an accident and someone (or more than one individual) got injured
- On probation for another case
You will be charged with a misdemeanor if you were involved in an accident
which caused an injury to another person, resulting in five days in jail
and one-year license suspension. If the injury was more severe, such as
a broken bone or loss of bodily function, then it can lead to a felony
DUI, which includes a 16-month prison sentence.
Let Us Build Your Defense
Our Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys will conduct our own thorough
investigation in order to gather the necessary facts and evidence for
a solid defense for you. When your freedom and future is on the line,
let our firm fight for you.
Schedule your free consultation and discuss your case with us today—(805) 467-6060!