Sometimes, driving drunk is a relatively innocent mistake. Because alcohol metabolizes differently under different circumstances, some individuals can have a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, yet feel completely sober. Others are unexpectedly affected by prescription drugs or other substances. Oftentimes, it is only after an accident occurs that drivers realize that their bloodstreams are not, in fact, clean to a legal level.
Unfortunately, even relatively innocent mistakes can result in serious consequences. For example, if an individual is unintentionally driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances, he or she could have an accident. That accident could potentially result in physical harm or property damage.
If you are involved in a DUI-related accident and that accident results in property damage, legal consequences may follow. First, you may be charged criminally. You may be charged initially with drunk driving. Second, you may be charged with a charge related to property destruction, depending on what kind of damage has occurred. And third, depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may also face additional charges like reckless endangerment.
In addition to criminal charges, you may face a civil action as well. Depending on the kind of property was destroyed as a result of the accident, you may be compelled to pay for its repair or replacement. You could also potentially face other civil consequences in order to make proper restitution to any individuals harmed by the accident. Your attorney will be able to explain these potential consequences in detail.
If you are held criminally responsible for your accident, you may face criminal fines as a result. In addition, you may be hit with civil fees in addition to the other civil consequences noted above.
DUI accidents resulting in property damage can be surprisingly expensive to navigate. As a result, it is important to discuss all aspects of your case with your attorney in order to mitigate the associated costs whenever possible.