When an irresponsible Georgia drunk driver causes a catastrophic wreck, the driver must face a criminal trial before facing a civil trial for the victims of the crash to recover damages for their related costs.
Like all criminal trials, the driver is innocent until proven guilty. If found guilty of serious charges such as drunk driving causing injury or death, these drivers can face severe penalties or sentences.
Some of the punishments that can be handed down in Georgia drunk driving accident criminal cases include:
- Prison term
- Mandatory alcohol counseling
- License suspension
- And more
If you or a family member has been injured or even killed in a Georgia drunk driving wreck, and the responsible driver is facing criminal punishment, you may be eligible to recover damages for your individual costs incurred in the wreck.
This financial compensation may cover your medical bills, permanent losses, lost wages from missed time at work and even very real instances of pain or emotional suffering. You may even be able to recover punitive damages against the negligent driver if he or she did something truly egregious.
For more information about your legal rights in these cases, don't wait another minute before taking action. Call the experienced Atlanta DUI victim attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
You can reach us toll free at (770) HURT-999 to schedule an appointment. You can also fill out the online form on this page and we will contact you with more information within 24 hours.