In Mississippi, a middle aged man was officially charged with 25 years in prison because of driving under the influence and fleeting the scene of the accident. An 11 year old boy was killed as a result of the accident, and three others were severely injured as well from the accident. Two weeks ago the suspect, Curtis Chandler, pleaded guilty on the case against him, for 2 separate counts of aggravated DUI.
A felony DUI charge is considered to be any act in a vehicle in which the driver is under the influence and it causes the death or injury of another person, pedestrian or other vehicle. DUI charges can also lead to felony charges if it is the third offense of driving while intoxicated. If you have already had one felony DUI conviction, then your next offense will automatically be considered as a felony as well. There are two forms of deaths that can because by a felony DUI.
The first is vehicular manslaughter, in which a person is killed as a result of negligence on behalf of the driver. There is also a DUI second degree murder charge in which the suspect is accused of intentionally seeking someone’s harm while in a vehicle and under the influence. Having an attorney that can fight for you in the event of a DUI charge is crucial, especially in when a death has occurred as a result is of greatest importance.
The consequences of being convicted of these crimes are severe; therefore it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. There are many ways to go about fighting a felony DUI charge in the state of California, and an experienced attorney such as the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry can help you in your case. Contact us today for more information!