What to do when faced with Vehicular Manslaughter
Vehicular manslaughter occurs when a person was driving under the influence and as a result causes the death of another. There are various degrees of vehicular manslaughter which carry different charges. Causing the death of another is never an easy thing to face, but when it occurred as a result of DUI, the consequences can be quite severe. This type of situation call for immediately retaining the services of a highly qualified DUI criminal defense attorney who can safeguard your rights. Following your arrest, it is in your best interests to immediately contact the Law Offices of Kenneth M. Hallum. With over 22 years of experience in law enforcement, focusing in the field of DUI defense has been his area of proficiency Mr. Hallum will personally take the handling of your defense, including all investigation, court appearances and litigation.
Types of Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
Depending on the nature of the accident and your driving record, there are several charges you may face when involved in the death of another due to DUI. They are:
Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter
When a person commits a small driving infraction that does not involve gross negligence, but yet results in a death, this is considered a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. An example would be someone who rear ends a vehicle in front of them due to a sudden and unexpected traffic stop. If the impact somehow resulted in the death of someone in either vehicle, this charge could be levied against someone. A good defense attorney will attempt to show there was no negligence on the part of the driver, in order to attempt a dismissal of the charge. The defense will need to show that DUI was not a factor in the death of the other person.
Felony Vehicular Manslaughter
If you were grossly negligent while driving under the influence and caused the death of another, you may be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter. Speeding, reckless driving or any other such driving while DUI that results in a death could bring about these charges. You will need an immediate consultation with Attorney Hallum to discuss the option you have to avoid imprisonment.
Vehicular Manslaughter with prior DUIs
If you have prior DUI convictions and are involved in another DUI charge that causes a death, you would be facing a felony charge, even if the driving infraction which caused the accident was minor. Again, serious penalties would apply and need immediate action by a defense attorney.
Penalties for any of the above types of vehicular manslaughters range from one year in jail to possibly a considerable sentence, depending on the severity and negligence involved. It is wise to have the best defense lawyer you can get to properly defend you for these serious charges. The Law Office of Kenneth Hallum has the experience and skill to provide you the best defense possible. We urge you to contact him immediately to begin your defense strategy.
Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter? Call the Law Office of Kenneth M. Hallum immediately!
About Santa Barbara DUI Attorney Kenneth M. Hallum:
As a DUI defense attorney, Kennnth Hallum is dedicated to an understanding of the art and science of California DUI defense with memberships in the California DUI Lawyers Association, the National College of DUI Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the California Public Defenders Association, and the State Bar of California.