An Orange County Man was sentenced last week to almost 20 years to life in prison for killing a woman while driving impaired Valentine’s Day 2010.  A jury convicted twenty-four-year-old, Gustavo Adrian Vega of second-degree murder. He was also found guilty of one count of felony hit-and-run resulting in death and one count of possession of cocaine.

Back in 2006, Vega was convicted of DUI and at that time was warned in court that if a future drunken driving crash resulted in someone being killed, he could be charged with murder.  Vega was driving on Flower Street in his vehicle which ran a red light and hit another vehicle. The victim, who was a passenger, died at scene.  A DUI can be raised to a second degree murder charge if there has been a prior conviction for DUI. A second degree murder charge carries with it a 15 years to life prison commitment.

Are you or a loved one being charged with second degree murder as a result of a DUI arrest? You will need to contact an experienced Orange County DUI law firm like Wallin & Klarich. If you or a loved one is facing this charge and need to contact an Orange County DUI attorney, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Wallin and Klarich.  At Wallin and Klarich we have many years of experience successfully defending people charged with these types of crimes. We will work to aggressively defend you by investigating all aspects of your case.  We will work to ensure that your rights are protected and that you clearly understand the legal process.  The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can be reached by phone at (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.

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