Kent, WA asked in DUI / DWI for California

Q: What is Max prison time if convicted of a drunk driving w/ great bodily harm charge?

How early can you get out of prison on this charge if you have good behavior?

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Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook
Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook
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  • Bakersfield, CA
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A: It's not how early, it's how long. One person could be 6 years. Plus any other charges. But in theory, with a good lawyer and facts, you could avoid any prison time.

Thomas Vinson Nash
Thomas Vinson Nash
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  • Carmel by the Sea, CA
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A: Two three or four years in prison for DUI with injury and an additional three to six years in prison for great bodily injury.

Also fines and license suspension issues.

Alexander Andryuschenko
Alexander Andryuschenko
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: 3 years for DUI and 3 more years for GBI, so 6 years. However, GBI makes the offense a violent strike subjecting the defendant to 15% good time work time only (unlike 50% for regular a DUI).

Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair
Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: As the answers reflect, the duration of prison, if any, depends on the facts of the case and the final settlement or outcome following a trial.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

logically this question should be asked of the lawyer you retain or is appointed for the driver. That lawyer will have ALL the info.

courthouses and judges within vary somewhat on sentencing. One would also look at what the policy is of that DA's office. It is likely the DA would file a GBI (Great Bodily Injury) thus making it a felony and a strike.

with a good lawyer, it might be no time. I had one client live for a year in a rehab facility and wear a tracking device when released.

every case depends on its own unique facts.

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