Any DUI auto accident has the potential to cause injury to the impaired driver, a passenger, or, another motorist or passenger in another vehicle. In DUI cases involving injury to another motorist, the impaired driver faces up to 3 years in a state correctional facility. However, in instances where someone loses their life because of an impaired driver’s actions, the stakes go up substantially. In drunk driving cases where someone is killed, the state of California takes a hard stance and the at-fault driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be charged with one or more felonies.
At The Law Offices of Todd Landgren, drivers who have been involved in vehicular manslaughter crimes will find the best possible, most aggressive legal representation. The prosecution will pool its vast resources into such a case where a death is involved, seeking the maximum allowed penalties under California law. As a result, it is essential you work with an experienced attorney who has represented vehicular manslaughter clients in court before.
The Orange County vehicular manslaughter attorney team at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren has extensive experience in assisting clients in the face of all types of misdemeanor and felony DUI charges — with forty years of experience and thousands of cases in DUI defense. Being accused of vehicular manslaughter means having to secure professional legal counsel immediately. The risk of facing years of imprisonment in a California state penitentiary are quite real if convicted. What’s more, someone convicted of such a charge will have a “strike” on their criminal record under California’s Three Strike Law, defined as “habitual offenders” in the California Penal Code §667.7. If you already have a strike on your record from a prior offense, the penalties for this conviction may be even more serious.
However, with the proper representation by an experienced DUI defense lawyer, the person charged with such a crime has the extremely valuable opportunity of avoiding a conviction altogether, or at the very least, the potential to face lesser charges and penalties.
Penalties for DUI Manslaughter
Once a defendant is charged and convicted of DUI manslaughter in Orange County, California, the guilty individual may face the following penalties:
- Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated, with Gross Negligence carries a punishment including up to 1 year in jail, or up to 4 years, or, 6 or 10 years in prison. Your driver’s license will also be suspended by the DMV.
- Driving a Vehicle and Killing while Intoxicated carries a punishment of up to 1 year in county jail, or up to 16 months, 2 years or 4 years in state prison.
It is important to note, that specific penalties may vary depending on the particular circumstances of the accident, the defendant’s past criminal record, as well as other factors. In some cases, a client may only receive probation, however you will face tougher sentences if you have prior convictions on your record. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of a drug or alcohol, contact an attorney today for the legal help you need. This is especially important if you hit another car or caused an accident as a result of your impairment.
Contact an Orange County Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney Today!
This is not the time to settle for a public defender; too much is on the line. Contact The Law Offices of Todd Landgren today and take control of the situation. The odds favor the prosecution in such cases and aggressive representation is a must. If you are facing DUI manslaughter charges in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, or any other city in Orange County, contact a criminal defense attorney at our firm as soon as possible after the arrest. Call 949-535-1303 or fill out the evaluation form on this website to get in touch with one of our attorneys.