Our attorney is a former prosecutor who knows how the D.A.’s office feels about vehicle related offenses that end in the death of a party. Prosecutors take these cases very seriously and often seek to obtain the highest penalty possible. If you find yourself accused of such an offense, you might feel like some prison time is on the horizon. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Choosing the right defense attorney for your case will be of the utmost importance.
Crimes like vehicular manslaughter are not prosecuted as mere accidental crimes. They are considered violent offenses. As such, you need a defense attorney at your side who is familiar with fighting violent crimes. Our attorney truly understands the nuances behind a car-related crime. He will work on your defense with all the fervor and dedication it requires.
If you find yourself charged with this type of offense, call us today to schedule a confidential consultation. We accept calls at any time, night or day.
About Vehicular Manslaughter and Similar Crimes
To be found guilty of this offense, it must be shown that you killed another human being by your negligent (or reckless) operation of a car or other vehicle. The terms negligent and reckless are legal terms of art which can encompass acts such as driving over the speed limit, driving drunk or high, or moving your vehicle in an unsafe manner.
Many defendants think that one must have intended to kill another person in order to be found guilty of this type of offense. However, there is no such intent that needs to be proven. Thus, it is sufficient for the D.A. to prove that you acted negligently or recklessly, i.e. did not act appropriately under the circumstances. Our attorney will help you to uncover facts that may show you did not act inappropriately.
What is the Possible Sentence?
Under California Penal Code 192, if you are convicted of a felony level offense you could face 2-6 years in prison. A misdemeanor level offense could land you in jail for up to a year. If it is determined you caused the death for your own financial benefit, you could get up to 10 years in prison. Prison time isn’t the only penalty. You could also face expensive amounts of restitution and possible civil suits.
Aside from the criminal consequences of a vehicular manslaughter conviction, you will also have major problems with DMV. Your license may be suspended under section 13361(c) of the Vehicle Code.
Ways Our Lawyer Can Help You
We will investigate your case to the fullest extent and use the latest techniques in traffic accident analysis. In most cases, it will be necessary to use a traffic accident expert to help determine what exactly occurred. Uncovering all the true facts of the situation will help prove that your actions were not negligent or reckless under the circumstances as they existed.
We can also seek out a pre-trial resolution of the matter if it is in your best interests. Many cases in the criminal justice system are resolved prior to going to trial. The extent of the resolution in your favor will require a strong presentation of evidence on your behalf. Our attorney will work hard to get the information you need to cast doubt on the prosecution’s case.
Contact us any time, day or night, to discuss your situation. We know that accidents can happen at any time, and we are available to assist you when you need it. Get your case reviewed by an attorney right away, even if you haven’t been charged yet. Call now for a confidential consultation.