Cleveland, OH- Each year thousands of Ohio residents will be charged with drunken or drugged driving. Many of these arrests will involve your basic DUI arrest; officer pulls over the driver, the driver appears to be drunk, and they are arrested. They must then fight the charges.  But there are many DUI arrests that result from a deadly or injurious traffic accidents.

Earlier this week, on Thursday, a Cleveland driver, who was intoxicated veered off the road and struck two older men sitting in lawn chairs, presumably enjoying a nice summer night. After striking the two men, the driver got out of his car an attempted to flee the scene.

One of the men suffered a broken pelvis, a broken leg and had internal bleeding, according to the Cleveland.com. The other man was also injured, but was released later that day.

That driver was apprehended and arrested. A police report, obtained by Cleveland.com, stated that the driver told police he had been drinking and said his brakes failed prior to the crash. He was charged with aggravated vehicular assault and one count of leaving the scene of a crash and the details of your arrest.

A DUI involving an injurious accident can be a troubling time for both parties involved. The victims and the intoxicated driver is facing charges that could land them in jail. When a DUI involves injury, that charge can be upgraded to a felony, depending on the circumstances of the accident.

In accidents, involving intoxicated drivers, it us generally assumed that they are at fault for the accident. That isn’t always the case and the accused person needs to mount an assertive defense if they want to avoid conviction. Facing a DUI with injury, the first thing you need to do is contact a knowledgeable Cleveland DUI attorney to begin working on your case.

In late July, an allegedly intoxicated man, rear-ended a SUV in Cleveland. The impact of the crash pushed the SUV forward, causing it to crash head-on into a utility pole. A female passenger in the car died as result of the injuries she suffered.

Again, the driver fled the scene, but was later arrested. According to Cleveland.com, the charges against the driver are pending.

DUI charges involving injuries or death can have serious consequences, the offender is facing mandatory minimum jail sentences that can be difficult to avoid. In Ohio, a DUI-vehicular manslaughter charge can carry a minimum jail sentence of five years, but because of the seriousness of this charge, convicted offenders face significantly longer sentences. All other penalties are increased and consequences are more severe with a DUI-vehicular manslaughter charge.

In addition to the criminal consequences, convicted drivers also face personal injury or wrongful death suits. There are defenses that can be employed to minimize the consequences of an enhanced DUI charge. If you’ve been charged with a DUI involving injury or death, it’s imperative you hire a Cleveland DUI attorney immediately.