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Elevated penalties for causing injury in a DUI accident

On Behalf of | May 29, 2023 | DUI Car Accidents

In New Jersey, driving under the influence is a serious offense with considerable penalties. These penalties increase significantly if the driver causes an accident resulting in injuries.

It is paramount for all drivers to understand the repercussions of their actions when they decide to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs.

Increased charges

In New Jersey, if a driver under the influence causes an accident that leads to injuries, they can face charges of assault by auto. This crime is typically considered a disorderly person offense or a felony, depending on the severity of the injuries and the circumstances of the accident.

Higher fines and penalties

The fines and penalties for DUI increase when the driver causes an accident resulting in injuries. These can include larger fines, longer license suspension periods and extended mandatory education programs about the dangers of impaired driving.

Jail time

In cases where a DUI accident results in serious bodily injury, the offender can face significant jail time. This is a stark increase from the penalties for a standard DUI, where jail time is not always a consequence.

Civil liabilities

In addition to criminal charges, a driver who causes injury while driving under the influence may face civil liabilities. The injured party can sue the driver for damages, which can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Understanding the heightened penalties associated with DUI accidents is crucial for all drivers. By understanding the ramifications, drivers can make informed decisions and prioritize the safety of themselves and others on the road.