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Los Angeles Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney

About Vehicular Manslaughter

Vehicular manslaughter is the term used under California law for anyone charged  with having violated the traffic laws which caused an accident that subsequently led to someone's death.  The charge would remain the same, regardless of whether the driver was DUI or not.  However, if DUI is an additional factor in the accident, this increases the penalties and possible prison sentences.  A person accused of such a crime will not only have to defend themselves for the DUI charge, but the vehicular manslaughter charges as well.  With this type of a serious felony crime it is imperative that you retain the services of a highly skilled DUI Defense Lawyer who can prepare a strong defense on  your behalf.

Defense For Vehicular Manslaughter

In California, vehicular manslaughter while under the influence charges involve four main factors:

  • Some form of negligence such as speeding, or running a red light
  • The violation of a California Vehicle, Penal or other Code section.
  • The driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • The death of another person was proximately caused by the drunk drivers negligence or violation of law.

Many times when an accident occurs involving serious injury or death, if anyone involved in the accident was drinking and driving, police officers will automatically assume the drinking was the main factor causing the accident and will quickly rule that party as the one who caused the accident.  This may not be the case at all and a careful investigation into the facts of the accident may provide defenses to fight these charges.  Even the DUI may not be accurate, if any of the procedures for arresting and testing for DUI were not followed to the letter.

If necessary, a DUI attorney who is experienced in homicide cases will be able to bring in experts to conduct accident reconstruction, review and counter toxicology reports, and locate witnesses and document their statements as soon as possible.   Disproving any of the four factors above can lead to a reduction in the charges.

If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI offense in which someone has died in the Los Angeles or Southern California area, contact our office.  We have been assisting clients with serious DUI charges for over 15 years and have an excellent track record of success.   Our legal team understands the anxiety and worry you may be going through and are here to help you every step of the way, from arrest to trial, if necessary.

Need legal representation for vehicular manslaughter charges?  Contact a Los Angeles DUI Criminal Defense Lawyer, from the Kraut Law Group to discuss your case and get the serious help you need.

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