DUI with Bodily Injury

A man getting out of his car holding his neck after a DUI accident.


The offense of DUI which results in serious physical harm can result in life-altering consequences for you. The felony offense of aggravated vehicular assault occurs when an alcohol or drug-impaired person is involved in an auto accident that results in someone (other than the alleged impaired driver) being seriously injured.

The offense consists of three factual elements that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The defendant was driving or was in actual physical control of a vehicle;
  2. While driving the vehicle, the defendant was under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that his or her normal faculties were impaired, or had a breath/blood alcohol level of .08 or higher; and
  3. As a result of operating the vehicle, the defendant caused or contributed to causing serious physical harm.


My promise to you is that I will thoroughly investigate your DUI with bodily injury charge, scrutinizing the evidence and challenging any constitutional violations or procedural errors.

We will build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific circumstances, aiming to mitigate the charges or even get them dismissed altogether.





What is the meaning of “Serious Physcial Harm”?


Causing “serious physical harm” means causing injury to a person which results in:

  • Any mental illness or condition of such gravity as would normally require hospitalization or prolonged psychiatric treatment;
  • Any physical harm that carries a substantial risk of death;
  • Any physical harm that involves some permanent incapacity, whether partial or total, or that involves some temporary, substantial incapacity;
  • Any physical harm that involves some permanent disfigurement or that involves some temporary, serious disfigurement; or
  • Any physical harm that involves acute pain of such duration as to result in subs


What are the penalties for Aggravated Vehicular Assault?


Penalties for this offense can vary based on prior record as well as license status. At a minimum, the following penalties would apply – unless your lawyer is able to obtain a dismissal or reduction of charges:

  • Mandatory prison time ranging from 12 months to 60 months;
  • Fines up to $10,000; and
  • License revocation of 2 to 10 years.

If your license was suspended at the time of the offense, the penalties could be even more severe.


Can I fight a DUI with Bodily Injury charge?


Absolutely. Just because you were arrested doesn’t mean you are automatically guilty. There may be various defenses available based on the facts of your case. We will carefully examine the evidence, challenge any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and advocate for your rights throughout the legal process.

Contact Akamine Law Today

If you or a loved one is facing a DUI with Bodily Injury charge in Columbus, Ohio, don’t face it alone. We are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step towards protecting your rights and fighting your DUI charge.

We are ready to stand by your side and provide the expert legal guidance you need during this challenging time.