Even if no one is killed in a motor vehicle accident, serious bodily injury or injuries sustained as a result of reckless and/or intoxicated driving can nevertheless results in criminal charges, including felony charges where a person faces prison time.
Even if no one was killed in the accident, a person suspected of merely being “criminally negligent” can also find themselves charged with a number of felony offenses such as Injury to a Child, Elderly, or Disabled Person if one of those individuals in those protected classes suffers bodily injury in a motor vehicle accident.
Aggravated Assault is defined as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing either (1) serious bodily injury to another, or (2) bodily injury with a deadly weapon. When someone is suspected of reckless driving and causing injuries under either of those two scenarios, a person can find themselves charged with this second degree felony with a possible punishment ranging from 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine,
If intoxicated driving is involved and someone is seriously injured as a result of driving under the influence, the driver faces a third degree felony charge of Intoxication Assault facing a punishment of 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Just like Vehicular Homicides, these offenses resulting only in injuries also need a strong, effective defense from someone with the knowledge and experience on how these cases are investigated, prosecuted, and defended. If you or a loved one is suspected of, arrested, or charged with any of these types of Vehicular Assaults, please contact Board Certified Criminal Lawyer Brent Mayr at 713-808-9613 immediately to help out his knowledge and experience defending individuals to work for you.