Vehicular Manslaughter

Handling a vehicular manslaughter case requires substantial expertise with automobile related accidents or DUI charges. These cases involve a highly charged situation with someone’s death coupled with a necessary scientific analysis of the mechanism of the accident and so an experienced DUI lawyer is a must. In San Diego, if you are charged with gross vehicular manslaughter you are facing the potential of 6 years in prison. If the circumstances are aggravated you might get a substantial prison term even if it is your first offense. With alcohol or drugs and with any prior history of alcohol or drugs the penalties can be even higher. The laws on these alcohol related driving deaths are ever changing and the penalties are increasing. In fact, depending upon your prior record you could be facing a life term in prison.

Vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence is essentially when you operate a motor vehicle under circumstances that are aggravated, reckless, or flagrant and are contrary to a proper regard for human life. This could be any combination of reckless driving without alcohol and/or driving under the influence of alcohol taking into consideration your blood alcohol level and your manner of driving. If your driving act is aggravated enough the district attorney’s office might charge the case as a second degree murder exposing you to a sentence of 15 to life.

If your vehicular manslaughter case is based on road rage you should also read the articles on murder and assault/attempted murder. Since road rage is a type of assault many of the principles involved in assault cases will apply.

You will immediately need resources and access to investigators and experts. Your criminal defense attorney should know the area’s best accident investigators and accident reconstruction experts. These experts are vital to helping you figure out what really happened and present your side of the case. You can bet that the prosecution and law enforcement won’t be helping you prove your defense. You will need your own experts to do that.

These cases are prosecuted aggressively in San Diego county with prosecutors who are skilled and aggressive. Don’t take the situation lightly just because you have led a crime free productive life until this moment. When someone dies at the hands of another’s recklessness the family of the victim are adamant that someone “pay” for the death. Expect them to pressure the district attorney to impose that maximum sentence.

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