Not all DUIs are created equal. While many DUIs come after routine traffic stops, some arrests are made after an accident has occurred. When a person has been injured during the course of a DUI, the charges change. A DUI causing Great Bodily Injury conviction can lead to 10 years or more in prison.
Great Bodily Injury Defined
The line between an injury and a great bodily injury is subjective, but the legal definition adds some clarity. Great bodily injury is any injury that:
- Creates a substantial risk of death.
- Cause a serious and permanent disfigurement.
- Causes lost or long term impairment of a bodily member or organ.
While subjective, the general idea is that great bodily injury is an injury that has significant and long-term impact on a person’s health and quality of life.
Proving Great Bodily Injury
It can be difficult to prove that great bodily injury has occurred. While the law tries to be clear, there is a lot of room for interpretation when determining what constitutes great bodily injury. Medical experts can be vital in proving that great bodily injury has or has not occurred.
Telling Your Side of the Story
With so much on the line with DUI cases, it is essential to find a legal team that can tell your side of the story. A compelling and convincing narrative can be the difference between a straightforward DUI charge and having to deal with additional Great Bodily Injury charges. At the Hunsucker Legal Group, we are determined to help our clients tell their stories in court. An unprepared attorney is a disservice to both the client they represent and the court system as a whole, so we are always prepared to face the challenges of any case.
Call the Hunsucker Legal Group at 405-231-5600 today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation.
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