When someone is under the influence of alcohol and causes a fatal accident,
it can lead to severe consequences, even though the
DUI defendant is a good person who made a huge mistake.
While the individual had zero intention of causing the death of another,
the prosecution often argues that the killing was intentional due to the
common knowledge that drunk driving is dangerous to human life.
DUI charges for fatal accidents, include:
Each of these charges can result in a felony conviction. The harshest of
these charges is
Watson murder, which can be charged anytime there is a DUI accident that results in a death.
Signing the ‘Watson Advisement’
As a result of the
People v. Watson, anyone who’s been convicted of DUI and signed the "Watson
Advisement," acknowledging that it’s dangerous to drive under
the influence of alcohol, can be charged with murder if they cause a fatal
DUI accident in the future.
To be convicted of Watson murder, the prosecution must prove: 1) that the
death was caused by an intentional act, 2) that the consequences of the
act are inherently dangerous to human life, and 3) the driver disregarded
their knowledge of this danger when committing this act.
When DUI defendants sign the Watson Advisement, they are openly acknowledging
that drinking and driving is a danger and that they’ve been made
aware of the risks. When a DUI suspect is accused of Watson murder, they
face the most aggressive sentencing and penalties of all the DUI charges,
- 15 years to life in prison,
- A $10,000 fine,
- Possible restitution for the victim’s family,
- A strike according to California's Three Strikes Law.
As tragic as fatal DUI accidents are, the victims and their families are
NOT the only ones who suffer.
Since DUI is the one offense that is commonly committed by normally law-abiding
citizens, the person facing Watson murder charges can easily be an upstanding
citizen of the community, such as a mother or a father with a family depending on them.
These types of individuals have the most to lose upon a conviction: their
families, their reputation, and their careers. Everything they’ve
worked so hard for.
Seek Help from the DUI Queen
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., our legal team understands
the stakes are elevated in DUI cases involving accidents, injuries, and
fatalities - which is why we fight aggressively on behalf of clients facing
If you have questions about your case and how we can help you,
contact our firm to speak with Orange County’s
DUI Queen, Attorney Landry.