DUI Manslaughter Attorneys in Solano County
Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter?
In California, DUI manslaughter is officially termed Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated. This charge is filed when it is alleged that driver was driving under the influence, and he or she caused an accident in which another person was killed. This is a felony offense in most cases.
It is imperative that a qualified Solano County DUI defense lawyer is contacted immediately if these charges are pending or have already been filed against you. At Maas and Russo, we have gained a reputation as an aggressive, highly successful DUI defense law firm, and should review the facts of your case without delay.
Penalties for DUI Manslaughter
A conviction for Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, or DUI manslaughter, requires that the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving while under the influence with a BAC of .08% or higher, that your negligent driving caused the accident, and that the accident caused another person to lose his or her life. The level of the charges against you will be impacted by any prior DUI convictions. Punishment could be 16 months to 4 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, is the charge filed if it is alleged that the driver has displayed driving conduct or an attitude of total disregard for the safety of others, which resulted in inflicting injury or death. Punishment will include from 4-10 years in prison, or 15 years to life if the individual has a prior conviction for Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, or 2 or more prior DUI related convictions. There is also the possibility of facing charges of 2nd degree murder in cases in which it is alleged that a drunk driver caused an accident and is a habitual offender. The penalties will include 15 years to life and up to $10,000 in fines.
A conviction for DUI manslaughter will change your life forever. There are many ways to challenge DUI charges, and we are serious about structuring the best defense possible. Contact us right away for professional, hard-hitting defense counsel.