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What is Vehicular Manslaughter?

Vehicular manslaughter is the crime of causing death to another due to the illegal driving of an automobile, either due to gross negligence, drunk driving, reckless driving, or speeding. Get the facts on this charge and how we can help you fight it.

What Constitutes Vehicular Manslaughter?

Certain negligent behaviors may lead to a car accident and ultimately, a vehicular manslaughter charge. In many states, ordinary negligence while driving, such as distracted driving, may lead to a vehicular manslaughter charge if this inattention led to a fatal accident.

In other states, the level of negligence must be more egregious to constitute a vehicular manslaughter charge. This includes criminal or gross negligence while driving, including driving under the influence, driving at high speeds, ignoring traffic lights and signs, and failing to apply the brakes when necessary.

Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter

Any DUI accident has the potential to cause a driver to face serious criminal charges, but if someone loses their life in the accident, this is the most serious of drunk-driving related charges an individual may face in the state of California.

The penalties for vehicular or DUI manslaughter include the following:

  • Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated: up to one year in county jail, or up to four years in prison.

  • Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, with gross negligence: up to one year in jail, or up to 10 years in prison.

If you’re facing a vehicular manslaughter charge in California, our Orange County DUI attorney Virginia L. Landry is prepared to defend your rights. She has extensive experience in assisting clients facing all types of misdemeanor and felony DUI charges, and she’s ready to put her knowledge to work for you.

Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry at (949) 537-2202 to learn how we can help you.