If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and police have charged you with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), you face a misdemeanor charge that could become a felony DUI if another individual in the accident was injured or killed.
California law states that if a person is convicted of DUI stemming from an injury accident, the court may impose an additional year of confinement for each person who is injured. In addition, prosecutors may file an enhancement for "great bodily injury" if a person is seriously injured as a result of a DUI accident, and three years may be added to a prison sentence. A prison sentence for DUI can be enhanced by five years if an injury to another leads to that person ending up in a coma or dying.
Experienced And Aggressive DUI Defense
Clearly, the enhanced penalties that occur for a DUI conviction involving a car accident are serious. The situation requires experienced and effective legal representation from a lawyer who has been there before. Palm Desert attorney Dale Gribow has more than 35 years of experience, with more than 20 years representing clients in Greater Palm Springs.
We understand the seriousness of a DUI/DWI charge — felony or misdemeanor — and the long-term impact it can have on you and your family. We have a long track record of success defending individuals against DUI charges in Riverside County and throughout the Coachella Valley.
When necessary we conduct our own thorough investigation of each injury accident. Police often make mistakes in their investigations that, if identified, can result in a reduction or dismissal of DUI charges. We also have successfully negotiated reduced charges for individuals who enter addiction rehabilitation programs or accept some other alternative sentencing.
Contact Dale Gribow Attorney at Law
We invite you to contact us to schedule a free consultation. We will review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment of what you might expect as an outcome, as well as the next steps to take.