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Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer in San Bernardino

DUI Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney

Vehicular manslaughter is the crime of causing the death of another person through the negligent or grossly negligent operation of a vehicle. This can include a driver’s negligent actions resulting in the death of his or her passenger, another driver or passenger, or a pedestrian. You can be charged with manslaughter even if you had no intention of harming another individual; the charge depends on whether the death occurred as a result of your negligence.

If you have been accused of vehicular manslaughter in San Bernardino, contact our skilled vehicular manslaughter lawyer today.

Charges and Types of Negligence

This crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor might be charged if a driver committed ordinary negligence, which is considered to be careless behavior or failure to act due to mere thoughtlessness. An example might be taking a corner too quickly, which results in the vehicle rolling and thereby killing someone inside.

Vehicular manslaughter is charged as a felony when “gross negligence” is involved in causing the death. Gross negligence is any behavior demonstrating that the driver had extreme indifference for the safety of his passengers, other drivers, or pedestrians. Gross negligence can take the form of extremely reckless driving or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

DUI and Vehicular Manslaughter

Though a manslaughter caused by drunk driving can also be charged as a misdemeanor, this rarely happens. A manslaughter charge that involved a DUI will almost always be charged as a felony. Additionally, in California, a person with a prior DUI who drives drunk again and kills a person can be charged with murder. Murder charges are being filed with increasingly greater frequency as organizations like MADD demand harsher treatment of drunk drivers.

California Penalties for DUI Vehicular Manslaughter

Misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter carries up to a year in jail. Felony vehicular manslaughter carries up to 10 years in prison! With good negotiation, your lawyer can convince the DA to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor for purposes of a plea bargain, depending upon how strong the DA’s case is.

If the manslaughter involves drugs or alcohol, it is essential to have a lawyer who understands the science of DUI charges, and how to defend against the crime lab experts who will testify about the drug or alcohol content in your blood. Attorney Mark McDonald has tried many vehicular manslaughter cases, and very successfully.

Contact a Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney Today

A good trial lawyer is essential in any vehicular manslaughter case, because these cases often go to a jury trial. Proving a vehicular manslaughter case requires the District Attorney (DA) to show, by way of an accident reconstruction, that you were actually negligent or grossly negligent. A good defense lawyer can poke a lot of holes in that reconstruction effort through cross-examination and by presenting testimony from your own reconstruction expert.

Are you or a loved on facing a vehicular manslaughter charge? Call Attorney Mark McDonald for the aggressive representation you need.