Driving while under the influence is never a good idea. Even if you believe you are coherent, it is best to find an alternative mode of transportation to avoid fatal consequences such as DUI charges and DUI manslaughter charges if you have been drinking.
The average sentence time for DUI manslaughter is ten years nationwide. Each state has its own DUI laws, but it is a felony and federal charges can exist. However, if a driver has been found guilty of gross negligence, prison time can climb up to 60 years.
DUI Manslaughter is the criminal charge faced when a driver under the influence takes the life of another person. This includes pedestrians, motorists, other drivers, and passengers. Even if there was no intent to harm, you could still face these charges. If you are faced with negligence, your case can be categorized as either ordinary negligence or gross negligence.
Ordinary negligence involves intoxicated drivers causing an accident because of a brief lapse of focus. This could be anything as minor as taking your eyes off the road to change the music or answer a text. If you are intoxicated while doing so, you could be facing huge charges. Gross negligence is when an intoxicated driver is driving at high speeds, driving on the wrong side of the road, and driving on sidewalks. – basically, anything that breaks the basic but extremely necessary traffic laws.
This update is published by The Law Offices of Mark Eiglarsh, a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer. Areas of practice include criminal defense, white-collar crimes, federal and state drug crimes, fraud, DUI, sex crimes, domestic violence, and more. With over two decades of experience, Mark is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for his valued clients under difficult circumstances.
This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice