Vehicular manslaughter charges are the most serious criminal charges an individual may face in conjunction with Long Beach DUI (driving under the influence) charges. Although manslaughter is a lesser charge than murder, it still involves the death of a human being and can result in years in California state prison.
A DUI defense lawyer who is aggressive and experienced may be able to uphold your rights and successfully defend you, even if you are facing DUI manslaughter charges. In these cases, make no doubt about it that the prosecuting attorney will try to pursue maximum penalties and will try to get the court to show you no leniency. That is why you have the opportunity to work with a defense lawyer - so you have an advocate in court, a legal professional, who is watching out for your best interests and ensuring you are given due process of the law.
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DUI manslaughter is a felony DUI charge. A typical sentence for this offense may be up to 4 years in state prison, and if gross negligence is proven, a driver may face up to 10 years in state prison. Additional
DUI penalties will apply as well, such as driver's license suspension, fines, and more.
As with DUI with injury cases, the key will be the prosecution attempting to prove that the accident was your fault. Your DUI attorney will therefore work to prove that A) you were not at fault in the accident and B) you were not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those are just two of the many goals your attorney may work to achieve. Every case is different, and so a tailor-made plan of defense is your best bet.