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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.

At Appel & Morse, our legal team is dedicated to fighting the charges you are facing. With over 40 years of combined experience, our Santa Barbara DUI lawyers understand how the prosecution will approach your case. We have a former district deputy attorney on our team and can aggressively challenge the opposition!

Contact our firm today to learn more about your legal options. We offer free criminal consultations to get you off on the right foot!

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 40 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: Call a Santa Barbara DUI Lawyer!

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 criminal consultation and discuss your case with us today by dialing (805) 467-6060!

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At Appel & Morse, we work to ensure our clients understand what is happening with their cases and how to best defend their interests. Our mission is to obtain the best results based on a true understanding of each client's unique circumstances.