San Diego Vehicular Manslaughter Defense Lawyers
Vehicle accidents can be disastrous, yet none are more tragic than when a loss of life is involved. In San Diego, drivers accused of contributing to the death of another person while driving face charges of vehicular manslaughter. “Another person” can include other drivers and their passengers, pedestrians, and passengers within your own vehicle. Charges of vehicular manslaughter stem from a belief that you showed a certain degree of negligence. Drivers facing this type of charge are typically suspected of contributing to the accident through careless behavior, such as driving while intoxicated, while distracted, while overly tired, or even failing to yield. If you are facing charges of vehicular manslaughter, you are looking at serious penalties, including years in prison if convicted of a felony.
Vehicular Manslaughter and California Penal Code Section 192(c)
Under California Penal Code section 192(c), contributing to the death of another person while driving is a criminal offense. Traffic accidents are unplanned, yet drivers suspected of negligent behavior can face serious charges for accidents in which another person dies. Varying types of negligence contributing to vehicle accidents can include:
- Distracted driving. This includes texting, but also encompasses distractions from children, pets, and other passengers.
- Excessive speeding, racing, and other reckless driving maneuvers.
- Drivers accused of vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol face greater penalties than those who are not.
- Causing a vehicle accident for insurance fraud or other financial gain.
- Committing an Infraction. e. Failing to yield, or another lawful act performed in an unlawful manner.
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