Vehicular Manslaughter

Los Angeles Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney

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Vehicular manslaughter is one of the most serious criminal offenses a person can face, and as such, it is critical that you enlist experienced attorneys who can defend you against the harsh penalties of the California Penal Code.

At Gold & Witham, our highly skilled legal 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 vehicular manslaughter charges, contact us today for help!

Defining Vehicular Manslaughter

As defined by the California criminal code, an individual may be charged with vehicular manslaughter for driving in a negligent or unlawful manner that results in the death of another person.

These negligent or unlawful actions might include:

  • Drunk driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Speed or driving recklessly
  • Running a red light or stop sign

Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated

When a driver causes a fatal auto accident, he or she may face vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated if they:

  • Were under the influence of drugs
  • Had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater

Although the incident may have been entirely accidental, prosecutors tend to pursue maximum penalties for DUI fatalities.

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, 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, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Making illegal lane changes
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Violating pedestrian right of away

Gross vehicular manslaughter is a felony crime involving imprisonment in state prison for 4, 6, or 10 years.

Defenses for Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

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 vehicular manslaughter attorneys may be able to prove that the defendant did not cause the accident and therefore should only face simple DUI charges and therefore lesser penalties. Call now to see how we can help you!

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