What Happens if You Get a DWI After a Car Accident

Posted March 9th, 2015 by .

Categories: Auto Accidents, Criminal Defense.

car-accident-DWI-anthony-carboneDid you enjoy this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day parades? We’re sure a good time was had by all. Maybe you had too much of a good time. And after having a little too much to drink during the parade and decided to drive home anyway. But instead of arriving home, you get into a car accident. What happens next?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 30 people die in a drunk driving accident in the United States every day. In addition, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in 2010. And, according to latest findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, although drunk driving is declining, accidents involving drivers under the influence of drugs such as marijuana are on the rise.

So what happens if you get into a car accident after drinking? Well it depends. If the accident had caused bodily injury to another person or even caused a fatality, you will charged with aggravated assault or death by auto on top of DWI charges. However, if the accident just caused property damage, you will be charged with a DWI on top of any other tickets you may receive for the accident.

We all think that we’re sober enough to get behind the wheel but that’s not true. Remember, New Jersey has strict punishments for those who are charged with a DUI or DWI. If this happens to you, you’re going to need a good lawyer by your side. For more than 26 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been handling DUI cases throughout New Jersey. If you’ve been in an accident and alcohol was involved, contact us today for a free consultation.

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