Vehicular Manslaughter

One of the leading causes of death in the state of California is car accidents, and vehicular manslaughter charges can result if an individual is killed and officers believe it was more than just an accident. Being charged with vehicular manslaughter is a very serious situation that could lead to the rest of your life being affected. If you are charged currently, or expect to be soon, contact our office right away. Somera Law Group has many years experience in California criminal cases, and will work hard to defend you in this matter.

It is actually possible to face vehicular manslaughter charges as either a misdemeanor or felony. The misdemeanor charge can result when you are not deemed to have acted with gross negligence, but were still running afoul of the law at the time of the incident. For example, if you were traveling only a few miles per hour over the speed limit when the incident occurred, you may be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Being convicted of this charge can lead to up to a year in prison.

A felony charge under this law is used when the driver is deemed to have acted grossly negligent, such as traveling way over the speed limit or running red lights in a busy intersection. This is a charge that can land the accused in jail for up to 10 years if a conviction is reached. Should you be charged with DUI while committing vehicular manslaughter, the punishments will be greatly increased and you could even face life in prison.

Call our offices right away to have a free consultation regarding your vehicular manslaughter case. Our staff will get to work right away on building your defense. We look forward to your call.