DUI Manslaughter Charges
DUI manslaughter is an incredibly serious
felony DUI offense, which law enforcement, the prosecution, and judges do not take
lightly. This level of seriousness translates into very harsh minimum
sentences should the ruling party reach a guilty verdict. No matter how
desperate and dire your case may seem it is important to understand that
your situation is not hopeless.
If you or someone you know faces DUI manslaughter charges, talk to a Jacksonville
DUI lawyer immediately to assess your situation and start the process
of approaching your charges from a professional, legal standpoint. Do
not hesitate to seek the advice and guidance of a knowledgeable attorney.
In most cases, representation by an attorney can lead to reduced or more
favorable sentences. Seek an attorney who is knowledgeable in DUI manslaughter
cases and who has experience defending these cases in court.
Florida Statutes §316.193(3): DUI Manslaughter
DUI manslaughter is defined under Florida Statutes §316.193(3) (2012)
as someone who drives under the influence and while in operation of the
vehicle either causes or contributes to the death of any human being –
this includes an unborn quick child. An "unborn quick child"
is defined under §782.071 as a fetus which would be capable of meaningful
life outside of the womb. In most cases, this is considered a second degree
felony and would be punishable with imprisonment not exceeding 15 years,
as well as a $10,000 fine.
There are, however, some circumstances which would result in the offense
being elevated to a first degree felony. This occurs when the defendant
is proven to have known that the crash occurred and failed to render aid.
In these cases, punishment includes imprisonment not exceeding 30 years
(in some situations resulting in life in prison), as well as a $15,000
Experienced DUI Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL
At the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. we have decades of combined
experience handling all aspects of defending a DUI manslaughter case.
We employ 3 former DUI prosecutors with more than 90 years of combined
experience prosecuting and defending DUI cases in court which allows us
to evaluate every angle of your case. With a thorough understanding of
the line the prosecution will take, our Jacksonville DUI attorneys can
then piece together a solid case so you do not have to worry about your
rights being overlooked.
The prosecution has a responsibility to not only present any evidence that
suggests your guilt, but also to provide the defense with any evidence
that could support your innocence. We are here to ensure you have a fair
trial and to vigorously defend you against the accusations you face in
court. Together we will work towards protecting your interests and your future.
Call (904) 701-0591 or
request your FREE case review online to start your defense!