DUI Manslaughter

How To Proceed

First off, no matter what circumstance, a traffic accident that ends in a fatality is a terribly tragic event for everyone who is involved. Unfortunately for the defense, whenever alcohol is involved in a vehicle fatality, law enforcement will heavily prosecute, regardless of your intent. This being said, if you are charged with DUI manslaughter, you will need a very experienced attorney on your side to avoid a heavy prison sentence.

If you are accused of DUI manslaughter do not speak to the police without your attorney present. Do not give a written statement without your attorney. Anything you say can be used to their benefit, so it’s best to just not say anything. You are going to want to hire an attorney immediately, the quicker the better. You have a very short period of time between when you are arrested and when the decision is made to file criminal charges against you.

There are a few instances when you could have the upper hand in your defense. It must be proven that you had complete control of the vehicle during the crash. You also must have had your Miranda Rights read to you properly, as well as had your field sobriety test performed correctly.

Although this is a very, very serious offense, there is a chance that the crash was due to something outside of your control, that can be proven. If you have any questions about possible charges being pressed against you, act fast and talk to an criminal defense attorney immediately. We are here to help!

Author: Amir Ladan
A former assistant state attorney for Orange/Osceola Counties, Amir has handled thousands of cases and dozens of trials, ranging from DUI and traffic offenses to murder, in both adult and juvenile court.

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