Will I Have to Pay for Property I Damaged?
If you caused serious property damage in an incident where you have also been accused of driving under the influence, you may have to pay for the property you damaged. This will have to be worked out through insurance.
California has specific laws for driving under the influence and driving under the influence causing injury or death, but it has no specific provision for DUI causing an accident resulting in property damage. Paying for property damage then is case-by-case.
If the judge does not order you to pay restitution for the damages your accident caused, then the property owners would likely file a claim through insurance in hopes of securing the money from you. If you were involved in a DUI crash that resulted in property damage, contact Gold & Witham to learn more about your defense options.