DUI vehicular manslaughter is covered under California PC 191.5. It is known as negligent vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Many people who have received one of these charges wonder how long they could spend time in prison and the maximum sentences so that they can be prepared for the penalties they are facing. It can be charged as both a misdemeanor or felony.
If somebody receives a misdemeanor in one of these cases after somebody’s life has been taken due to a DUI accident, they could face up to 1 year in county jail and up to $1,000 in fines. If they have committed a felony, they could be facing 4 years in state prison and many more years for an aggravated crime. They could face a fine of up to $10,000.
You will almost always receive felony charges when you have been driving drunk and it has caused the death of another person.
Cases of Gross Negligence
If the courts find gross negligence in your case, you could experience the harshest penalties. This happens in cases where the judge finds that you have acted with no regard to other drivers on the roadways. You could face ten years in prison or more for each victim who loses their life in one of these accidents.
You might be able to fight the penalties of vehicular manslaughter when you have been driving drunk and killed another person. For instance, a DUI attorney might be able to show that sobriety tests were not administered correctly or that somebody else caused the accident and it wasn’t actually you if there were multiple people involved. Sometimes it helps to have an experienced attorney on your side who can help in your case and allow you to evade some of the most severe penalties.
Call us for more information on how we can help at the Law Office of Peter Blair. We are waiting to hear from you so that we can help you with your case.