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What happens if drunk driving causes an accident with injuries?

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2024 | CRIMINAL LAW - Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence is a serious offense with potentially devastating consequences, particularly if it results in an accident causing injury to another person.

In Oklahoma, the legal system takes a stern stance against DUI offenses, especially when they lead to harm.

Criminal penalties

If you cause an accident resulting in injury while driving under the influence, you could face severe criminal penalties. These penalties may include hefty fines, lengthy license suspensions and even imprisonment. The severity of the punishment typically depends on various factors, including the extent of the injuries caused and any prior DUI convictions on your record. In some instances, a conviction could mean paying up to $10,000 in fines.

Civil liability

Apart from criminal penalties, causing an accident while driving under the influence can also lead to civil liability. This means you may have financial responsibility for the injuries and damages caused during the accident. Civil lawsuits resulting from DUI-related accidents can result in significant monetary judgments.

Driver’s license revocation

In Oklahoma, DUI convictions often result in the revocation of driving privileges. If convicted of DUI involving injury-causing accidents, you could lose your driver’s license for an extended period. This can greatly impede your ability to commute to work, attend school or fulfill other obligations, significantly impacting your quality of life.

Permanent criminal record

A DUI conviction stemming from an accident causing injury can leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. This record can negatively impact various aspects of your life, including future employment opportunities, housing applications and professional licenses.

Unfortunately, humans make mistakes. When it involves facing drunk driving charges, the aftermath can come with personal challenges and a legal situation. Fortunately, every case is different, leaving room for a potentially less severe outcome.