There are several types of vehicular manslaughter scenarios that have a role in what kind of sentence a person receives in California.
Vehicular Manslaughter With Gross Negligence
Vehicular manslaughter committed with gross negligence without the driver being under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be punishable by a term in the county jail for not more than one year or in the case of more serious matters of a state prison term for two, four, or six years.
The same offense committed without gross negligence and absent the use of any drugs or alcohol can lead to a sentence of up to one year in the county jail.
Vehicular manslaughter committed with gross negligence with drugs and/or alcohol present even for a first time offender may be punishable by a state prison sentence of four, six, or ten years.
Vehicular Manslaughter While Driving Under The Influence
A vehicular manslaughter conviction where the government doesn't prove gross negligence but while the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be punishable by a term in the county jail for not more than one year or in state prison for 16 months, two years or four years.
Any conviction for vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be treated as a felony drunk driving conviction and will have grave consequences if the person is arrested again for drunk driving.
A person convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs that has a prior conviction for either the same offense or of driving under the influence may be imprisoned in state prison for as much as 15 years to life.
An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
As you can see the consequences of a vehicular manslaughter conviction can be extremely devastating. There is however always options and many persons who are convicted do not receive the above sentences. There are several things that an experienced criminal defense lawyer can do at any stage in the proceedings that can help a person facing charges.
No matter how bad you think the circumstances are, there is always a solution to your problem. At Sigal Law Group we pride ourselves in attaining the best results on even the most serious cases. We have a track record of attaining results for our clients. When your future is at stake, you need the best Los Angeles vehicular manslaughter attorneys on your side. Contact Sigal Law Group today for a free consultation.