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Protecting Your Rights During a DUI Manslaughter Case

Are you facing charges for causing the death of another person in a car accident that was allegedly caused while you were intoxicated? Manslaughter is a type of homicide offense that has the potential to substantially impact your life, if successfully convicted. To help ensure that you are treated fairly throughout criminal proceedings, it is in your best interest to consult with a skilled Pasadena DUI defense attorney with experience defending people against charges for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

At the office of Hutton & Khalaf, you can count on having a skilled legal team at your side who has dedicated years of their practice to working on DUI offense cases. With over 65 years of combined criminal defense experience, we will serve your best interests throughout each phase of your criminal proceedings. From arraignment to closing arguments at trial, we will make sure you have a champion at your side from beginning to end.

To learn more about how Hutton & Khalaf can help you, call us at (626) 397-9700 or contact us online today.

California Law on Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated

Under California Penal Code § 191.5(a), the crime of “gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated” is defined by the following elements:

  • “The unlawful killing of a human being”;
  • “Without malice aforethought”;
  • “In the driving of a vehicle”;
  • “While in violation of Section 23140, 23152, or 253153 of the Vehicle Code” (prohibiting driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol); and
  • “The killing was the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence.”

Simply put, you are guilty of committing vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs if you were driving while intoxicated, causing you to commit a grossly negligent act – such as driving off of the road and into a crowd of people.

Under the pertinent provisions of the California Vehicle Code and California Penal Code, a person is considered to have been driving under the influence of alcohol if their blood alcohol content was 0.08% or higher.

The crime of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is considered a felony that is punishable by incarceration in state prison for up to 10 years in addition to hefty criminal penalties. Furthermore, your driver’s license will be suspended immediately upon conviction.

Remember, the prosecutor must prove each element of the crime for which you are charged beyond a reasonable doubt.

Empower Your Defense with a Pasadena DUI Manslaughter Attorney Today

If you’ve been charged with a felony for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated under California Penal Code § 191.5, it is highly recommended that you seek the professional advice of an experienced DUI defense attorney in Pasadena as soon as possible. At the office of Hutton & Khalaf, we have over six decades of collective legal experience when it comes to DUI cases – including DUI vehicular manslaughter charges. We are dedicated to making sure your constitutionally guaranteed due process rights are properly respected by the court and by the prosecutor.

Contact Hutton & Khalaf online today, or call us at (626) 397-9700 to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our Pasadena DUI attorneys to explore your legal rights today.

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