During an accident, many kinds of vehicles become unintentional weapons. A human body is no match for the speed and weight of a car, truck or motorcycle. If you are involved in a fatal accident that causes the death of a loved one or stranger, you may face charges of vehicular manslaughter. What does that mean to you?
Vehicular manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another while driving a vehicle. Often associated with drunk driving accidents, vehicular manslaughter charges may follow an accident where you were not impaired, but could have been talking on a cell phone or texting. Under California law, you will be charged depending on the circumstances of the case and any criminal record you might have. If you are arrested for vehicular manslaughter, you could face a prison term and fines. Seeking qualified legal help is essential.
Like the wording of the laws violated, defense against vehicular manslaughter requires a careful look at the circumstances of the accident. We use forensic investigation and accident reconstruction to challenge the points of proof needed for conviction, including:
If you are charged for impaired driving, we look for evidence you were not legally impaired. If you were driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, impairment is not sufficient for conviction on vehicular manslaughter charges. You must also have acted negligently. We fight the DUI and focus on disproving negligence on your part.
Being charged with vehicular manslaughter without impairment requires proof you were driving in an unlawful way, driving lawfully but recklessly or engaged in causing an accident for financial gain that took the life of another.
The proof required for each of these charges leaves room to fight conviction or reduce or dismiss the charges against you.
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