If you are facing vehicular manslaughter charges, you may be sentenced to up to four years in state prison or jail. The prosecuting attorney will most surely seek maximum penalties for this offense and try to include "gross negligence" in the charges, which may mean up to 10 years in a California state prison or jail. A criminal defense attorney at Gold & Witham can provide you with a free case evaluation. Our attorneys understand that DUI manslaughter is a serious charge that will require a true commitment on the part of a defense attorney in order to provide superior representation. As such, we always take the time and effort to provide each client with the legal counsel and support they need to avoid maximum penalties.
Gold & Witham Legal Representation
We have over four decades of combined legal experience and a vast knowledge of California drunk driving laws as they apply to DUI-related offenses such as vehicular manslaughter. Our practice is devoted wholly to criminal defense and this enables us to provide representation that is a cut above the rest. When you meet with attorney Jeffrey Gold or Nigel Witham regarding your charges, you will begin to understand just how unique our firm is and what we can do to help.
DUI Manslaughter Laws
Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, or DUI manslaughter, is outlined in California Vehicle Code §191.5. This is the negligent operating of a vehicle which causes the unlawful killing of another person. There is no malice aforethought, premeditation or planning in the case of vehicular manslaughter. This is often an accidental death which is caused because a driver ignored a traffic law or was not using reasonable caution while driving. When a driver was determined to be intoxicated and caused an accident which resulted in the loss of life, this is defined as vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.