Orange County Vehicular Homicide Attorney
In Orange County, California if you hit someone with your vehicle and they die as a result of your recklessness or negligence you will be charged with vehicular manslaughter. This includes someone in the vehicle you crashed into as well as any passengers in your vehicle. Vehicular manslaughter is a very complex crime and it carries with it very severe penalties depending on the circumstances. One of the key circumstances is if you were intoxicated. If so, then you could be charged with Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated, which carries a possible sentence of 10 years in prison. In California if you have a prior DUI, and someone dies as a result of your driving while under the influence you may be charged with murder.
If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter if behooves you to consult with a skilled and experienced Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer. Contact The Law Office of David E. Swanson at 949-477-3030 regarding your rights as well as your freedom. Mr. Swanson in very knowledgeable regarding these types of cases and will do his best to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Causes of Vehicular Manslaughter in California
There can be many causes and circumstances surrounding an auto accident that results in a passenger or driver in another being killed in the accident. One of the most common causes of the driver having been drinking prior to operating their vehicle. Speeding, racing, reckless and aggressive driving behaviors are also common causes of vehicular homicide.
Other causes that are not due to human error or negligence are unsafe road conditions such as wet roads, loose gravel in a construction zone and defective vehicle products such as failing brakes. Regardless of the cause of the accident if you have been charged with killing someone in an auto accident in Orange County it is imperative that you retain an experienced Newport Beach Vehicular Homicide Attorney.
Penalties for Vehicular Homicide in Orange County, California
Some cases of vehicular manslaughter are treated as misdemeanors depending on the circumstances. Others, depending on behaviors and the circumstances leading up to the accident, are treated as felonies. If this is the case you may be facing very serious, very long term legal, financial and administrative consequences possibly including: jail or prison terms, loss of license, fines, court costs and attorneys fees. It makes perfect sense to have a Newport Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer fighting on your behalf if you have been charged with vehicular homicide.
Contact a Newport Beach Vehicular Manslaughter Defense Attorney
Being arrested for vehicular homicide in California will impact your life on many levels. The ramifications of a conviction will not easy to escape even years after the conviction. Your freedom and rights can be impacted, you may have trouble finding housing, your ability to continue your education may be hindered due to having a felony on your record. There is also the issue of Restitution to a victim. In this type of case the restitution amount could be enormous and could have a long lasting affect by ruining your financial future. Let an experienced Irvine, CA Criminal Defense Attorney fight for your rights. Call Newport Beach Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer David E. Swanson at 949-477-3030. You can also email Mr. Swanson by clicking here.
The Law Office of David E. Swanson handles all types of criminal offenses and violent crime offenses throughout Orange County, California. This includes Fullerton, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Orange, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, and San Clemente..