Vehicular Manslaughter in San Diego
Counsel from a Proven San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
Vehicular manslaughter is one of the more complicated criminal charges
the California Penal Code has to offer. It is known as a "wobbler,"
meaning, depending on the circumstances, it can be charged as either a
misdemeanor or a felony. Whatever the charge is, however, the incident has resulted
in the death of a person and requires aggressive and emphatic legal representation
to successfully navigate the charges to the best possible outcome.
If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter, then contact The
Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC today to schedule a
Ordinary vs Gross Negligence
Vehicular manslaughter is described in chapter 192(c) of the California
Penal Code. The severity of this charge is very much based on the circumstances
the prosecutors can prove caused the crash. This is generally separated
into two different categories: ordinary negligence and
Ordinary negligence most often concerns minor driving infractions that
lead to an accident. This includes texting while driving and not using
a hands-free phone device. Gross negligence, however, concerns overtly
reckless driving, such as excessive speeds, street racing, or traffic-oriented
misdemeanors. Ordinary negligence is charged as a misdemeanor, while gross
negligence can be sought as a misdemeanor or felony by the prosecution.
Penalties for vehicular manslaughter include:
- Ordinary negligence: up to one year in jail and $1000 in fines
- Gross negligence misdemeanor: up to one year in jail and $1000 in fines
- Gross negligence felony: up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines
Probation and license suspension are also parts of these sentences. It
should also be noted that additional factors, like fleeing the scene,
intentional collisions to collect insurance, and driver intoxication (DUI)
greatly affect the seriousness of these charges and leave the accused
vulnerable to even more extensive penalties. To understand the specifics
of your vehicular manslaughter charge and what penalties you might face,
call our offices today to speak with a skilled
San Diego criminal attorney from The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC.
Get a Proven San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer on Your Side
There are a number of defense strategies known to be effective in vehicular
manslaughter cases, but all of them require skilled and knowledgeable
legal representation. At The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC,
our skilled, award-winning legal team has built its representation on
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