Vehicular manslaughter in Florida is a type of manslaughter charge that is used specifically in cases where an individual is responsible for the death of another person due to criminal misconduct with a vehicle or the violation of traffic laws. Vehicular manslaughter is frequently classified as a misdemeanor but can be classified as a felony. Penalties include large fines, jail time, and loss of driving privileges and can be influenced by a number of factors such as prior convictions and even media attention on the case. Often, the person killed was occupying another vehicle, but a vehicular manslaughter charge can be given to an individual responsible for the death of a passenger in his/her own vehicle.
Vehicular manslaughter charges many times are associated to defendants involved in drunk-driving cases. If an individual causes the death of another person due to driving under the influence, he or she may be charged with a special type of vehicular manslaughter known as intoxication manslaughter. Because most drunk driving and other motor vehicle accidents are just that — accidents — defendants are charged for manslaughter instead of a murder charge, which involves intentional premeditation.
Vehicular manslaughter charges can be devastating, but having the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can be invaluable with regard to sentencing and recovery from this difficult scenario. The Law Office of Jody Fisher will work for the fairest sentencing possible. Attorney Fisher is a former prosecutor with years of experience working in the Lake County area, so she has the skill needed to offer her clients excellent guidance through every step of the legal process.
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