Many DUI arrests start with an initial stop by a police officer. Tragically, more serious criminal cases result in catastrophic accidents that kill other drivers. Suspicion that the party responsible for the crash was impaired by alcohol results in a criminal charge of DUI manslaughter.
Taking the life of another person certainly doesn't go unpunished in the state of Florida. No matter the facts surrounding the case, prosecutors are going to often times go after the maximum penalties for this charge.
At The Umansky Law Firm, our attorneys understand what is at stake for our clients facing serious DUI manslaughter charges. Our job is to take a fact-based approach to the criminal case and build a strong DUI defense strategy to ensure protection of their rights and fight for the best outcome.
Florida DUI Manslaughter Penalties
According to the Florida penal code, DUI manslaughter (or sometimes called drunk driving vehicular homicide) is charged as a felony in the second degree. This means that if you are convicted, you are facing:
- Up to 15 years in jail
- Monetary fines of up to $10,000
These are the legal ramifications of a criminal conviction. However, there will also be a significant impact on your life. A second-degree felony conviction on your criminal record will make it difficult to obtain employment, housing, student loans and other opportunities that you may have been afforded with a clean record.
Charged With DUI Manslaughter?
The chaos and trauma of a horrific event may affect your decision-making ability. Speaking to police officers and prosecutors following the fatal accident ignores your right to not only remain silent, but also retain legal counsel. We take a proactive approach in handling DUI manslaughter cases, teaming with experts to help get to the facts.
We review the steps taken that led up to your arrest. Breathalyzers and sobriety testing must be done within strict standards and regulations. Failure to abide by the rules can result in incorrect data. Blood tests must follow a documented chain of custody.
While we are open to negotiate with prosecutors to minimize the penalties, we will not hesitate to take a case to trial. You need that level of advocacy during stressful and uncertain times.
What To Do Next:
If you have been charged with DUI Manslaughter in central Florida, contact an Orlando DUI lawyer to schedule a case review at 407-228-3838. We will discuss your options and possible defense strategies with no cost to you.
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