When a person dies in a DUI traffic crash, the consequences are severe
for everyone involved. As the family of the deceased mourns, it can be
difficult not to feel a sense of responsibility, and possibly guilt, for
the current circumstances. However, as the driver, it is important to
remember the harm was unintentional and one mistake should not define
the rest of your life.
In order to avoid life-altering repercussions, you need to seek legal assistance
early immediately to begin building a solid, competent defense.
In Florida, DUI Manslaughter is a 2nd Degree Felony, punishable up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
However, if you commit DUI Manslaughter while also leaving the scene of
the accident without rendering aid or exchanging information despite knowing
you were involved in an accident, then the offense is a 1st Degree Felony, punishable up to 30 years in prison and up to a $15,000
fine. A person also faces probation, community service hours, DUI school,
a victim impact panel, and a significant driver’s license suspension.
Defining DUI Manslaughter
DUI Manslaughter is defined by Florida jury instructions as being when
a person drove or was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle, while
the person’s normal faculties were impaired and/or had a Breath
or Blood Alcohol Level of 0.08 or higher, and caused or contributed to
the death of another human being, including an unborn child. This death
can even be one of your own passengers, as it does not have to be someone
outside of your vehicle.
Actual physical control means the person was in the vehicle and had the
ability to operate such, even if the person was not actively driving at
the time. Of course, normal faculties refers to the ability to walk, talk,
judge distances, drive an automobile, make sound decisions, act in an
emergency, and basically perform the many mental and physical routines
of our daily lives.
If you have been charged with DUI manslaughter, you need to take immediate
action to defend your legal rights, freedoms, and future. Attorney Sauline
exclusively handles Criminal Defense, and has been practicing law for
more than 13 years. You only get one shot at defending your rights, and
the consequences of DUI Manslaughter are most certainly extensive prison
time if convicted. Call Attorney Sauline immediately if you or someone
you know is charged with DUI Manslaughter.