Injuries. If your reckless driving behavior resulted in an injury, you can expect to face penalties that are more severe. Such defendants are sometimes referred to as “wobblers.”
Wobblers can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony for driving under the influence. If charged as a felony, the injury caused by the DUI will carry a prison sentence of 16 months to four years. Depending on the past history of the individual charged with driving under the influence, fines may range from $290 to $5,000.
Death. Reckless drivers who were under the influence and caused the death of another person may be prosecuted under California’s vehicular manslaughter or murder laws. Such an individual is expected to be charged with:
- Negligent vehicular manslaughter.
- Gross vehicular manslaughter.
Penalties for these types of offenses differ greatly. A less severe punishment for situations including a misdemeanor-negligent-vehicular-manslaughter-while intoxicated conviction- could include a maximum $1,000 fine along with one year in jail. However, a second-degree murder conviction may carry 15 years to life in state prison.