LA DUI Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer
Proven Legal Advocates for Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated Charges
Vehicular manslaughter is one of the most serious criminal offenses a person can face, but those consequences are compounded when drunk driving is a factor. That's why it's critical that you work with experienced attorneys who can defend you against such serious felony DUI charges.
At Gold & Witham, our highly skilled defense team can offer you the counsel, guidance, and representation you need. We have more than 40 years of collective legal experience and have amassed extensive resources to apply to your defense.
If you are facing DUI manslaughter charges, contact us online for help!
Defining Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated
When a driver causes a fatal auto accident, they may be charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated if the following is true:
- They were under the influence of drugs, whether illicit substances or certain prescription medications.
- They had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or greater.
Although the incident may have been entirely accidental, prosecutors tend to pursue maximum penalties for DUI fatalities.
The penalties for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charges are:
- Misdemeanor: Imprisonment in county jail for up to 1 year.
- Felony: Up to 4 years in state prison.
The particulars of the accident, as well as any prior DUI conviction, will greatly influence whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge.
Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated
California makes a distinction between gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated when the driver commits an additional act of negligence on top of drunk driving.
Acts of driver negligence include:
- Making illegal lane changes
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Violating pedestrian right of way
Gross vehicular manslaughter is a felony crime involving imprisonment in state prison for 4, 6, or 10 years.
Defenses for DUI Manslaughter Charges in LA County
To successfully defend a driver who is facing vehicular manslaughter charges, we will need to disprove one or more of the elements discussed above.
At times, our Los Angeles DUI manslaughter attorneys may be able to prove that the defendant did not cause the accident and, therefore, should only face simple DUI charges with lesser penalties.
Put Over 40 Years of Experience in Your Corner
Gold & Witham's team of lawyers has long been committed to protecting the rights of those charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. This is a very serious charge that, if convicted, can follow you long into the future. We will mount a strong defense to reduce those effects, now and for the long term.
Call (800) 716-6791 now to see how our LA DUI Vehicular manslaughter attorneys can help you!