Driving Under the Influence which results in injury to another person, including a passenger in the DUI driver‘s own vehicle, is an enhanced form of DUI. This offense is what is called a "wobbler", meaning that it can be charged either as a felony, which potentially carries a state prison sentence, or a misdemeanor, in which the maximum sentence is one year in a county jail. How the offense is charged generally depends on the policy of the jurisdiction where the offense is committed, and the extent of the injury. Other factors may also come into play, such as whether the blood alcohol level was much higher than the legal limit, the number of injured parties, and whether the driver has a record of prior DUI or other serious convictions.
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