DUI Causing Death in California
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While getting involved in an accident and causing an injury while driving
drunk can result in harsh penalties, the punishment of killing another
individual while driving under the influence is much more severe. Not
only are you facing a lengthy prison sentence and costly fines, but your
reputation can be permanently ruined. It is imperative to get legal representation
from an experienced and skilled attorney.
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more than 30 years of experience, our Santa Barbara
DUI lawyers possess the extensive knowledge of California laws and court proceedings
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Penalties for DUI Causing Death
In California, the crime of DUI causing death is categorized as gross vehicular
manslaughter while intoxicated. It is considered the unlawful killing
of a human being while driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drug.
In order to prove that a person is guilty of this offense, the prosecution
must establish the following elements:
- The defendant drove under the influence or alcohol or drugs, or both, while
having a BAC level of 0.08 or higher
- The defendant, who is under the age of 21, drove while having a BAC level
of 0.05 or higher
- While operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the
defendant also committed an infraction that might cause death
- The defendant committed the infraction that might cause death with gross
- The defendant’s grossly negligent conduct caused another person’s death
Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is considered a felony,
punishable by a prison sentence of four, six, or 10 years. However, if
the defendant has two or more prior DUI convictions, the prison sentence
increase to 15 years or life in prison.
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of the crime, collect evidence, and analyze evidence gathered by police
to develop an aggressive and customized
defense strategy for you. As
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