California Penal Code section 192(c) defines vehicular manslaughter as driving a vehicle with ordinary negligence that results in the unlawful killing of a human being. The sentencing and punishment for vehicular manslaughter in Orange County can be severe.
When charged with a serious crime such as vehicular manslaughter in Orange County, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney that will fight for you using an effective defense strategy. There are several defenses available that could result in a dismissal or reduction of your charge. Here are some successful defenses that your homicide lawyers at Wallin & Klarich can raise on your behalf:
Defenses to Vehicular Manslaughter in Orange County
Your actions were reasonable
In order to convict you of vehicular manslaughter, the prosecution must prove that you acted with ordinary negligence. This means that you committed an act that a reasonable person would not have done, or in the alternative, that you failed to do something that a reasonable person would have done in the same circumstances.
After going over the facts of your case, your Orange County Wallin & Klarich defense attorney can argue that your actions under the circumstances were reasonable and therefore not negligent.
Your actions were not a substantial factor in the cause of death
In order to convict you of vehicular manslaughter, your actions must have been a substantial factor in causing the death of another person. A number of factors are involved in an automobile accident, any one of which could be a substantial factor in causing the victim’s death. Thus, if the causal link between your actions and the death of another is weak, this defense can be successful.
Your experienced Orange County Wallin & Klarich defense attorney can argue that your actions were not a substantial factor in the death of the alleged victim.
You did not drive the vehicle
In order to be found guilty of this offense, you must have been driving the vehicle at the time the act causing the victim’s death occurred. If there is a dispute as to whether you were driving the vehicle, this defense applies. In order to prove that you were the driver, the prosecution will use any statements that you made to the police indicating that you were driving at the time of the accident. Since these statements can most likely be used against you in court and can be detrimental to your case, it is important to speak with an Orange County Wallin & Klarich attorney before you reveal any information to the police.
Even if the vehicle was registered in your name or you were seen driving the vehicle on a previous occasion, this does not mean that you were the driver. If there is any reasonable doubt as to whether you were the driver of the vehicle, this defense could be successful.
Orange County Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney
If you are looking for a Orange County vehicular homicide defense lawyer to represent you, Wallin & Klarich can help. With over 30 years of experience and offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Victorville and West Covina, our highly skilled and professional Orange County Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and passionately argue that your case should be dismissed.
Call us today at 877-4-NO-JAIL or 877-466-5245. We will be there when you call.