Being involved in an accident while you are intoxicated can result in you facing serious consequences in Michigan. After this incident occurs, you may wonder what to do and what next steps to take.
After the accident, you will face criminal charges for the incident. You may also have a civil lawsuit filed against you if you caused injuries to someone else or damaged their personal property.
It’s important to note that these two cases are not dependent on each other and are filed independently and held in different courts.
The potential cases you face after causing a drunk driving accident in Michigan
The police will arrest you for driving while intoxicated, which is where the criminal charges come from. You will also face penalties based on the situation, your BAC level and other factors.
The individual you crashed into or injured in the drunk driving accident could file a civil lawsuit. This lawsuit aims to recover damages from you (or your insurance company) for the damages or injuries you caused.
Each case is a stand-alone situation. They both also cause significant financial responsibility. The criminal charges you face may also come with jail time, community service or probation. All of these are things that can have a huge impact on your life and your family’s life.
Protecting your rights after causing a drunk driving accident
The verdict in each case won’t impact the other. Getting legal help to understand your rights and defense options will be crucial if you are accused of driving while drunk and causing an accident.