Vehicular homicide can fall under several categories, depending on the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident. The most common charge is related to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is defined as the unlawful killing of another without malice or forethought while driving under the influence. Generally, this sort of charge can stand alone if you were driving under the influence and got into an accident that caused someone’s death. Sometimes, other criminal charges may apply.
Criminal defendants are advised if they are convicted of a DUI, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, impairs one’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, and it is extremely dangerous to human life to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both. DUI defendants are further advised that if they continue to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, and as a result of their driving, someone is killed, they can be charged with murder.
If you were not intoxicated, but were driving in a negligent manner resulting in an accident in which someone was killed, you may still face serious penalties. This applies if you were driving in an unlawful way, such as breaking the speed limit, or violating traffic laws at the time of the incident. This crime can be prosecuted as “misdemeanor manslaughter.”
At the Law Offices of David P. Shapiro, we understand that accidents sometimes happen. All too often, they end with tragic results. You may already be experiencing feelings of guilt and remorse for the death of an innocent bystander. Now, you must also face criminal charges which could, in many ways, take your life as well.
You don’t have to fight through these traumatic times by yourself. We will investigate the accident and surround ourselves with a team of experts to reconstruct the events as they occurred, thus placing you in the best position possible given the facts of your case.
Get your case on track by contacting us today at (619) 295-3555. Your case is too important to settle for anything but first class representation! David P. Shapiro will walk you through the process and let you know how he can help you!
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