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A Fort Wayne man has been charged with causing serious bodily injury while driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police. Adam B. Crowl informed the sheriff’s deputy that he had only had “less than 12 beers” when he was pulled over at around 11 p.m. Chances are, if you cannot remember the precise number of beers you have consumed that night, then you are probably not fit to be behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Crowl was charged with causing serious bodily injury while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .15. Crowl’s blood alcohol content was measured at over .19.
The condition of the injured man has not been released by police. Much will depend on the extent of his injuries, particularly if his injuries qualify for “serious bodily injury” under Indiana Statutes.
There are certain circumstances in a DUI charge that can result in increased charges. Most states are like this, and that includes Indiana. If you injure someone while you were operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the charge is no longer a misdemeanor, but a felony.
If you are convicted of injuring someone while your BAC is over .08, you will be guilty of a level-six felony. Level-six felonies are punishable by up to two and a half years in prison with a mandatory minimum of six months and an advisory sentence of one year.
Of course, the main question is: What constitutes serious bodily injury? Indiana Statutes describe serious bodily injury as constituting any of the following:
Examples of a “serious bodily injury” include traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and burn injuries. If someone is hospitalized for a significant period of time or admitted into ICU, the prosecution will use this as evidence to support the claim that your impaired driving caused a serious bodily injury to another person.
Will the man described above face DUI with serious bodily injury charges? This depends entirely on the extent of the victim’s injuries. In cases where someone is seriously injured in a DUI accident, the chances are that they will face some jail time along with civil penalties and the loss of their license.
If you have been charged with DUI in Fort Wayne, IN, then you need an attorney who will ensure that you are not overcharged for the crime. Talk to The Bellinger Law Office today to set up an appointment, and we can begin preparing your defense immediately.
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