Newport Beach Vehicular Manslaughter Defense Attorney
Criminal Defense Lawyer for Newport Beach, CA
Vehicular manslaughter is a charge brought forward against a person who kills another with a motor vehicle as a result of negligent or illegal driving. Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated may also be charged if the implicated driver killed another because of driving while drunk. Vehicular manslaughter is generally charged when the driver was reckless, negligent, or violating the law at the time of the accident. These charges may be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.
Vehicular manslaughter is a very serious charge and demands the attention and services of a reliable and skilled criminal defense attorney. If you or someone you know is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, or Orange County, it is strongly recommended that you contact the Newport Beach defense lawyer at the firm for a consultation about your situation. Attorney Scott D. Hughes can provide an aggressive defense strategy on your behalf. He is well-versed in criminal defense and extremely familiar with the Orange County judicial system.
Consequences of Vehicular Manslaughter
In most courts, several factors will influence how a conviction of vehicular manslaughter will be sentenced. One of the most important factors is the prior criminal record of the defendant, especially as regards prior DUI convictions. Individuals driving on suspended or revoked licenses or those on parole or probation, or those found to be drunk at the scene of the accident will generally receive the harshest sentences. Penalties include incarceration, heavy fines, probation, and more.
Because of the seriousness of this crime, it is extremely important to have a criminal defense attorney representing you from the outset. Newport Beach vehicular manslaughter defense attorney Scott D. Hughes can interview witnesses and the police. He can negotiate with the prosecutor to have charges minimized or negotiate alternatives to jail time, such as counseling. At all times, he will make every effort to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Facing vehicular manslaughter charges in Orange County? Contact the Newport Beach vehicular manslaughter defense lawyer at the firm today!