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What Should I Do If I’m Charged with DUI Causing Injury in California?

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Paul Pelosi, husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was recently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury. According to CNN, Pelosi was also charged with driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol level or higher causing injury.

Reportedly, Pelosi was driving his Porsche near SR-29 in Napa County at the time of the wreck. Pelosi tried to cross SR-29 in his Porsche, leading to a collision with a Jeep that was heading northbound on SR-29. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage in the crash. The driver of the Jeep suffered injuries in the collision but is expected to be okay.

Pelosi completed sobriety tests following the incident. California Highway Patrol determined that he showed signs of impairment and that he was the cause of the accident. Pelosi was arrested and is facing misdemeanor DUI charges because of the wreck. At the time of this report, Paul Pelosi’s spokesperson declined to comment about the incident.

What Are the Penalties for DUI Causing Injury in California?

Whether you’re facing misdemeanor or felony charges, the punishments for a DUI causing injury conviction can be severe. The following are a few of the penalties a person can expect to face if they are convicted of DUI causing injury in California:

  • Penalties for Misdemeanor DUI Causing Injury – Up to 5 years of probation, paying restitution to victims, up to a year in jail, participation in a DUI education program, up to $5,000 in fines, and having driver’s license suspended for up to 3 years.
  • Penalties for Felony DUI Causing Injury – Up to 4 years in prison, paying restitution to victims, one strike added to criminal record (under the Three Strikes Law in California), up to $5,000 in fines, up to 3 years designated as a Habitual Traffic Offender, and driver’s license suspension for up to 5 years.

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