Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
A drunk driver who causes an accident in which someone is killed may face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code §191.5. In the event that you are facing such charges after a DUI accident, it is imperative that you contact an attorney at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP right away. With over two decades of experience in practicing many areas of law, we are well suited to being able to represent you in your manslaughter case. Our
criminal defense department will initiate a full investigation of the charges against you, and use the information found to build a defense that is intended to result in favorable outcome to your case.
Defining Vehicular Manslaughter
Vehicular manslaughter is considered causing the death of another individual or individuals due to negligent or reckless behavior while operating a motor vehicle. When a person causes a fatal accident due to driving while under the influence, they can be charged with felony DUI manslaughter. In our state, a person convicted of this charge will typically face penalties that include up to four years in state prison. If extreme recklessness or gross negligence can be proven on the part of the accused, they may face up to 10 years in state prison. For those with a prior conviction, 15 years to life may be sentenced. Additional prison time between three to six years can be faced if other victims were injured.
It is important to know that if you have been charged with felony DUI manslaughter, you still have options available to you. In hiring an experienced attorney, you will have someone fighting for your best interests for the duration of your legal proceedings. An attorney may be able to secure a resolution that sees you avoid stiff penalties such as prison time, or they may be able to help you avoid a conviction entirely.