Virginia DUI Involuntary Manslaughter 18.2-36.1
Under Virginia Code 18.2-36.1, any individual who unintentionally causes the death of another person, such as driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs, could be charged with involuntary manslaughter. This is a felony offense--punishable by a prison sentence--so any person who is currently facing a DUI involuntary manslaughter charge is encouraged to obtain the representation of a qualified defense attorney.
The Penalties For An Involuntary Manslaughter Charge
In general, an involuntary manslaughter offense stemming from drunk driving is classified as a Class 5 felony, punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine. However, if the court finds that the defendant's conduct was gross, wanton, and showed a reckless disregard for the life of others (such as operating a vehicle at an extremely high blood alcohol content), the maximum prison sentence may be raised to 20 years. Other potential penalties include the revocation of your driver's license and completion of an alcohol safety action program.
If you are convicted of a felony offense, you could face a number of problems in your personal life in addition to the court-imposed sentence. For example, your felony conviction will appear on your criminal record, where it may be accessed by potential employers and other members of the public. This means you may be prohibited from working in certain industries or obtaining a professional license. As a convicted felon, you could also lose some personal liberties you currently take for granted, such as voting or owning a firearm.
Legal Representation Is Vital To Your Success
When you are accused of a crime as serious as involuntary manslaughter, fighting your charges may seem daunting; however, it is important to remember that the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty. If your defense attorney can introduce evidence that either shows that you weren't impaired by alcohol or that you weren't liable for the accident, the probability of winning your case dramatically increases.
Each of the DUI defense attorneys at The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson has the training and expertise necessary to aggressively defend you against your DUI involuntary manslaughter charges. To get started, please make an appointment with our office now for your free consultation.
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