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Fatal DUI Accident & Manslaughter Charges

Are you facing manslaughter charges because of a fatal DUI accident you were involved in? Many times, we do not realize how fast life can change. One minute we’re at a bar watching the football game on Sunday night, then boom, just like that – you’re in front the judge pleading not guilty to manslaughter charges being bought against you. Going through criminal litigation can be a long and harrowing experience. Luckily our team of professional attorneys will be there for you every step of the way. We understand how difficult it can be to have to face charges of this magnitude. But having the right lawyer by your side is truly what makes the difference.

In many cases, the difference between manslaughter and murder depends on the mental state of the defendant. DUI manslaughter charges can vary significantly from case to case, and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated will typically be filed by the prosecutor. A motorist who causes the death of another individual while under the influence of drugs or alcohol faces felony charges. However, every state differs when it comes to DUI-related charges.

The maximum sentence for negligent manslaughter while intoxicated is up to 4 years in a state prison. You can also face a wide variety of DUI penalties including but not limited to alcohol and drug treatment programs, and having your license revoked. There are many exceptions to this rule. If an individual causes a death while intoxicated and is driving recklessly, they can be charged as gross vehicular manslaughter DUI and can face up to 10 years in state prison. Other penalties can include fines up to $10,000.

When someone dies by the hands of a drunk driver, the driver of the vehicle can be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Every state has its own rules and regulations when it comes to penalties and laws, but this offense is going to classified by a misdemeanor or a felony. Whenever alcohol is suspected to be the cause if a car accident that has resulted in death or serious injury, law enforcement will always investigate to find the most serious of the DUI related offense. Whenever you choose us to take on your case, we will always make sure you know your rights, and exercise them so you can preserve your freedom.

Vehicular homicide is the most severe alcohol-related and driving offense that a person can be charged within most states. In the state of California is a wobbler. This means that it can be charged a misdemeanor or felony.

Types of vehicular manslaughter include:

  • Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence
  • Involuntary Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated


In order to be convicted of manslaughter by a vehicle, the attorney that is prosecuting the case must prove that the defendant was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is never an easy thing to do, especially when you have a great attorney by your side. Get in contact with us today if you’ve been in a fatal DUI accident and are facing manslaughter charges.

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