Vehicular Manslaughter Defense in Murrieta
Drunk Driving Related Deaths
Vehicular manslaughter is defined as a charge where an individual causes
an accident involving either another vehicle or pedestrian and causes
death. The individual involved is usually driving recklessly or
driving under the influence of intoxicating substances such as alcohol or drugs. Often times, the
person who was killed was in another vehicle or a pedestrian on the street,
but they could also have been a passenger in the car that the accused
was driving. This charge can be tried as a felony if there was drunk driving
involved or if the driver was driving recklessly. Vehicular manslaughter
can be tried as a misdemeanor if the driver was driving just above the
posted speed limit or caused an accident because of distracted driving
such as texting or using a phone.
How It Is Different from Murder
Manslaughter is distinctly different from murder. Unlike murder, where
a person kills another with malice (hatred) or as a premeditated act,
manslaughter charges are often filed against people who cause accidents.
Manslaughter is still a form of homicide, but the criminal element of
intent to kill is usually missing. Someone who gets in a car after a long
night at a bar does not have the intent of going out to cause a murder,
but rather causes an accident which results in the untimely death of another
The penalties for involuntary manslaughter and murder are vastly different
as well. Manslaughter may hold penalties such as probation and up to a
year in jail or a longer incarceration time in a California state prison,
on top of other various penalties. Because each case is so distinct and
different from one another and the penalties for a convicted person can
be so harsh, it is important that you contact a Murrieta criminal defense
attorney immediately who can help defend your case.
Murrieta Criminal Lawyer Helping Individuals Since 1999
If you have been arrested or charged with a vehicular manslaughter offense
in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Banning,
Perris, Corona or Riverside, the first step is to contact an experienced
and effective DUI attorney. We are ready to help. Since 1999, our office
has successfully represented various individuals facing vehicular manslaughter
charges. We understand that besides the possible loss of your freedom,
a felony conviction for vehicular manslaughter can also have serious consequences
for future employment opportunities. Don't jeopardize your future
by hiring an inexperienced attorney because at the end of your case, you
will get what you paid for.
For more information about how we can help you, please call (951) 666-2600.
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