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DUI Manslaughter

DUI Manslaughter Attorney in Tampa

Involuntary Fatalities in Drunk Driving Accidents

Tampa Dui lawyersAlso known as vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter is the act of killing someone caused by reckless driving of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is true whether the person passed away at the scene of the accident or later as a result of fatal injuries. Because DUI manslaughter includes a charge of DUI as well as reckless driving, the penalties of a conviction are extremely severe.

At Parks & Braxton, PA, we know how serious DUI charges are. Our tampa dui lawyers have successfully handled more than one thousand DUI cases, from simple misdemeanors to first degree felonies. If you are facing a DUI manslaughter charge or another potential criminal conviction, trust a firm with 48+ years of collective experience to help you protect your rights.

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The Penalties of a DUI Manslaughter Conviction

If convicted of DUI manslaughter, individuals will be sentenced to a minimum of 4 years in prison. In addition, they will pay fines of at least $1,000. At your own expense, an ignition interlock device (IID) will be placed on your vehicle for a minimum of 6 months. Any previous convictions involving DUIs may increase the penalties—you may serve more time in prison, pay more fines, and suffer consequences such as the IID for longer periods of time.

Second-Degree & First-Degree Felony Charges

DUI manslaughter is classified as either a second-degree felony or first-degree felony, depending on the circumstances of the incident. As required by § 316.062 of Florida law, individuals must administer aid to the other people they are involved in an accident with. The failure to render aid—also known as leaving the scene or hit-and-run—is a criminal offense that could increase the severity of the DUI manslaughter charge.

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However, whether the charge is classified as second-degree or first-degree, DUI manslaughter carries heavy consequences that can change a person's life. Our Tampa DUI lawyers understand the severity of these charges and takes appropriate action to defend clients against the penalties. Without each individual offense holding up in court, a DUI manslaughter charge may be reduced by contesting the individual counts of reckless driving and DUI.

Challenge Evidence and Minimizing the Penalties

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DUI manslaughter does not require proof of an intent to kill—the prosecution only needs to prove that a person's reckless driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs caused fatal injuries in an accident. At Parks & Braxton, PA, our team has valuable skills and experience to put to use in DUI manslaughter lawyer defense. Because of their experience as former prosecutors, our DUI lawyers in Tampa have working knowledge from both sides of the courtroom.

Your best defense against DUI manslaughter is a legal professional who can pinpoint weaknesses in the prosecution's case. Even if you cannot entirely dismiss the charges, you should fight to reduce the penalties when the evidence against you is unsubstantiated. Do not suffer the consequences of misinterpretations of the law and the events of an accident—let Parks & Braxton, PA help you protect your rights and establish the facts in court! Schedule a free consultation with us today and take action to secure your future!

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