Punishment for vehicular manslaughter can be harsh and if you have prior DUI convictions, you may be facing up to 15 years to life in prison. In some circumstances, you may even be charged with murder if you caused a fatal DUI accident. The stakes are enormously high with the potential for very severe consequences.
Do not delay in contacting the Law Office of Michael J. Aed, a skilled Fresno vehicular manslaughter defense firm, as soon as possible after your arrest. Call our office at 559-495-9320.
Consequences For Alcohol And Drug Use In A Fatal Car Crash
When a fatal automobile accident occurs, law enforcement officers usually test the individuals involved for alcohol content to determine whether anyone was under the influence at the time of the accident. If you caused an auto accident in which someone was killed and you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will likely be charged with vehicular manslaughter and may even be charged murder.
If you are convicted of vehicular manslaughter, you will face up to 10 years in state prison. If you are convicted of vehicular manslaughter and you have a prior DUI conviction, you will face up to 15 years to life in state prison. Involvement in a fatal DUI accident alone is not enough to convict you of vehicular manslaughter. The prosecution must also prove that you caused the accident or committed an unlawful act.
While law enforcement often proceeds on the assumption that the driver under the influence caused the automobile accident, that is not always the case. Just because you were involved in a fatal DUI accident does not mean you are guilty of vehicular manslaughter. We believe this and are also aware of the seriousness of the charge and the need to move quickly in order to defend you.
We will review the details of your case immediately to determine what defense strategy to employ in the fight to protect your freedom.
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Contact a Fresno vehicular manslaughter defense attorney immediately if you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter. Send us an email or call us immediately at 559-495-9320. We respond to calls and messages 24/7 because time is critical in these cases.