Panama City Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
Accused of vehicular homicide in Panama City?
Anyone who is arrested and charged with DUI faces serious consequences which can have a devastating effect on the future, but if you are accused of causing a fatal car accident while driving drunk, it is absolutely imperative that you hire an attorney to defend the case. Vehicular homicide is a felony criminal offense, and depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime you could be facing up to 30 years in state prison. Regardless of how much time you served behind bars, you would also end up with a criminal record that would follow you into the future, potentially ruining your career. Don't let this happen to you!
Make it your first action after an arrest on charges of vehicular homicide to contact Shepard Law, P.A., where you can find help from an experienced former prosecutor. The attorney has personally handled more than 5,000 criminal cases, including a high percentage of felony charges as serious as yours. He has excellent relationships with the prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the area, and whether the goal in your case is to seek a favorable plea bargain or to fight to exonerate you fully, he will work tirelessly to help you avoid the serious DUI penalties you face.
Vehicular Manslaughter Penalties in Panama City
The sentence you could receive if convicted of vehicular manslaughter depends on whether or not you are accused of leaving the scene of the accident. If not, it is a second degree felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to fifteen years in state prison, while if you are convicted of a DUI hit and run it is a felony of the first degree, with a maximum sentence of thirty years. Proving that you committed the more serious offense depends on establishing that you knew-or should have known-that you were involved in the accident. Your attorney will examine the case for weaknesses, such as insufficient evidence that you caused the accident or that you were under the influence of alcohol, and will fight to protect your rights.