In the event an individual who is driving under the influence (DUI) causes a collision, resulting the death of another person, that individual may be charged with DUI manslaughter. DUI Manslaughter can expose an accused person to the possibility of spending decades in prison upon conviction. If you are facing charges for DUI Manslaughter, it is imperative you retain the services of a powerful criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to protect your future and freedom.
Attorney Albert J. Sauline, III understands the gravity of your situation and is prepared to use his 19+ years of experience as a Panama City DUI lawyer to fight for your rights in a Court of law. Having served as an Assistant State Attorney prior to entering private practice, Attorney Sauline understands the opposition’s strategies and can use his invaluable insight to maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your situation.
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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.
An Overview of Vehicular Homicide Charges in FL
Another serious offense in Florida is Vehicular Homicide. Even though a driver may never have intended to harm another person, drivers who cause a collision resulting in loss of life, whether through intoxication and/or recklessness, can face Second Degree Felony Vehicular Homicide criminal charges under Florida Statute 782.087. These charges can escalate to a First Degree Felony in the event that a Defendant should also be accused of fleeing the scene of the deadly accident.
A person convicted of Vehicular Homicide or DUI manslaughter can face the following penalties:
- Up to 18 years in prison (30 years if enhanced Vehicular Homicide)
- Up to $10,000 in fines
- Extensive, if not lifetime, driver’s license revocation
If you are facing criminal Vehicular Homicide charges, or DUI Manslaughter, Attorney Sauline can examine the facts surrounding your accident and craft a custom-tailored strategy that contests the prosecution’s claims and fiercely defends your freedom. Depending on the circumstances, he may be able to negotiate for a reduction or even a dismissal of your charges on your behalf.
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A DUI manslaughter charge or Vehicular Homicide charge can derail your life in an instant, making it crucial you retain an aggressive defense to protect yourself against the possible life-altering consequences. With personalized advocacy and an unshakable dedication to preserving your wellbeing, Panama City DUI Attorney Al Sauline can provide the zealous defense you need during this difficult time and explore every available opportunity to secure a positive outcome on your behalf. Backed by numerous positive client testimonials and a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, as well as the #1 Top Attorney in the “Best of Bay" in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards, your case is sure to be in excellent hands.
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