It is difficult enough knowing that you will live the rest of your life with the realization that poor decisions led to the death of another person. Now, you are facing criminal punishment that could result in the loss of your freedom.
San Bernardino and Riverside Vehicular Manslaughter Attorneys
If you have been charged with causing a fatal car accident or fatal drunk driving accident, the law office of Greenberg & Greenberg can provide the veteran criminal defense representation you need to fight vehicular manslaughter charges. Schedule a free initial consultation to learn how our San Bernardino and Riverside vehicular manslaughter lawyers can help.
Vehicular Manslaughter: Alcohol, Drugs or Reckless Behavior
When a motor vehicle accident results in the death of one or more people, the police will attempt to determine if alcohol, drugs or reckless behavior played a role in the accident. If any of these becomes a factor, blame for the accident will automatically shift to that driver, even if other factors contributed to or caused the accident. Greenberg & Greenberg defends clients facing all types of vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide charges in San Bernardino or Riverside, including:
DUI or Intoxication Vehicular Manslaughter
If you are found to have alcohol or illegal drugs in your system following the accident, you could be charged with DUI manslaughter (also known as vehicular manslaughter with intoxication) and face up to 10 years or more in prison, if convicted. Additionally, and in some circumstances the district attorney could seek a conviction for second degree murder, you could face a potential sentence of 15 years to life in prison if you are convicted for vehicular manslaughter/murder.
Reckless Vehicular Manslaughter
If you were speeding, driving recklessly or operating your vehicle in a manner considered grossly negligent, and a fatal accident results, you may be charged with vehicular manslaughter and could face up to several years in prison, if convicted.
Even if you were following traffic laws, but were deemed to have caused a fatal car accident in some manner, you could still be charged with vehicular manslaughter and could face up to a year in jail (as a misdemeanor).
No one truly intends to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and cause the death of another human being. However, prosecutors use the strong language contained in California laws to obtain convictions for vehicular manslaughter. The prosecutor will attempt to sway a judge or jury by stating that your poor decision to drink and drive or to violate traffic laws demonstrates your reckless disregard for human life or the safety of others. You will need an experienced and aggressive, yet compassionate, San Bernardino and Riverside defense lawyer who can confront such accusations.
The defense attorneys at our law firm offer more than 50 years of experience in the criminal justice system. Before focusing exclusively on criminal defense, the attorneys at our firm were local prosecutors. We know firsthand what is at stake in vehicular manslaughter case and we can put our vast experience to work for you in preparing the strongest defense strategy possible.
Building a Case to Defend Against Vehicular Manslaughter Cases
By examining the police reports, witness statements, medical records, accident reconstruction analysis and other evidence, we work relentlessly to demonstrate that the accusations against you are not true. We highlight other potential causes of the accident, including errors in BAC testing equipment and other weaknesses to get the charge of vehicular manslaughter dropped or reduced. We are committed to minimizing the potential criminal consequences. We have successfully defended clients facing charges involving vehicular manslaughter, vehicular murder, and other related charges throughout Southern California.
Contact a Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney Today!
Living with yourself following a fatal car accident is punishment enough. Don’t jeopardize your freedom and your future too. Contact Greenberg & Greenberg for a free consultation to discuss your case in San Bernardino or Riverside.