We understand that being traumatized, devastated and afraid is a part of your DUI battle. This can be worse when you are facing criminal charges from being involved in a DUI Manslaughter conviction.
DUI Manslaughter – A Serious Offense
Manslaughter is simply defined as the crime of killing a human being or contributing to the death of another without a premeditated thought. This unjustifiable act of killing even without malice comes with significant criminal punishments if accompanied with driving under the influence (DUI). According to drunk driving death statistics, Jacksonville FL ranked 16th out of USA cities for having the most alcohol-related fatalities.
Florida DUI Laws, particularly the Florida Statute – Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide-s. 316.193 imposed by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, states that:
Second Degree Felony
DUI Deaths are considered a Second Degree Felony: a Fine of not more than $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 15 years.
A convicted driver who failed to alert the authority or offer help to the affected victim is guilty of a First Degree Felony: fine of not more than $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 30 years.
Drunk driving deaths or Vehicular Homicide is considered a Second Degree Felony.
If the driver is convicted of Vehicular Homicide and is guilty of Leaving the Scene (commonly known as: Hit & Run) he is up for a First Degree Felony penalization.
In Florida the law mandates that the minimum sentence for a DUI manslaughter conviction is 4 years of jail time.
However harsh the charges may be, the key to getting the best out of a DUI manslaughter conviction is to pay attention to all case details no matter how small they may seem. This kind of charge demands a highly-skillful law firm that can build a proper strategic defense while doing everything in their power to have any damning evidence removed thrown out of your case and ensuring that there are no bias in your criminal case.
Our Jacksonville DUI team of attorneys build a strong criminal defense for your manslaughter case while focusing on proving the best legal services, so you do not get jail time or the maximum penalties; we are dedicated to achieving little to no fines, and the lowest possible sentencing terms for your criminal charges.
More Severe Penalties
Driver’s that have been found guilty for a death from drunk driving usually have their license revoked. While some
license suspensions are permanent this does not mean that they all are. Getting your license reinstated is challenging and extremely difficult, but not impossible. Hiring a top criminal dui lawyer is a necessity in understanding your driving rights and ensuring you do not permanently lose your license.
These are the conditions of a Manslaughter DUI charge:
The individual is in total control of the vehicle physically.
He/She is under the influence of alcoholic liquids or drugs.
BAC Count of 0.08 or more.
Caused the death of a human being (including the unborn).
We provide you with a team of experts, psychologists, traffic experts, and toxicologists to help fight your DUI conviction. We will provide you with a strong and strategic defense plan and results that can only be achieved by our top DUI manslaughter lawyers. Contact our Jacksonville office to discuss your charges.