A gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in Riverside charge is commonly raised when you are involved in a car crash where the driver or passenger of the car you hit dies, as a result of the collision. However, note that this charge may also be raised against you if a passenger in your vehicle dies as a result of your “grossly negligent” conduct.
Punishment for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated in Riverside
Since the death of a person is involved, the punishment for a gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in Riverside charge can be severe. This offense is always charged as a felony and is punishable by 4, 6 or 10 years in state prison. You also face an additional sentence of 3 to 6 years in state prison if any of the surviving victims sustained great bodily injury. If you have any prior DUI related convictions and a death results from your “grossly negligent conduct”, you can be charged with second degree murder.
Prosecution of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated
The prosecutor must show that your conduct was “grossly negligent” in order to convict you of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Gross negligence is conduct more severe than carelessness. Rather it is reckless conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or great bodily injury and is a far deviation from how a reasonable person would have acted in your situation. It is because of this standard of reckless conduct that the punishment for this particular charge is up to ten years in prison.
Riverside Gross Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney
Wallin & Klarich can raise a number of viable defenses on your behalf. For example, after looking closely at the case, they can often argue that you were not intoxicated. Also, they may be able to argue that your conduct fails to rise to the level of gross negligence. Wallin & Klarich could mount a viable defense that could lessen the potential harsh punishment you face, or completely eliminate the vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charge you are facing.
If you are accused of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in Riverside, it is vital you contact an experienced Riverside gross vehicular manslaughter attorney who is familiar with such cases. With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, West Covina, Ventura and Victorville, Wallin & Klarich has successfully represented clients facing vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charges for over 30 years. We have the knowledge and the know-how to win your case. Call us today at 877-4-NO-JAIL or 877-466-5245. We will be there when you call.