DUI Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Case in Palm Beach County
DUI Homicide and DUI Manslaughter does not mean decades in jail if the case is properly postured by an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. Criminal Defense Attorney, Andrew D. Stine, was able to secure a plea and acceptance of the plea agreement, by the Circuit Court Judge, on May 21, 2013 of:
One (1) Year in the Palm Beach County Jail; followed by
Two (2) Years of House Arrest; and
Five (5) Years of Probation; for his client who pled guilty in a DUI Manslaughter and DUI Homicide case in Palm Beach County, Florida.
In case number 2012 CF 005417AXXXMB the driver of the vehicle, represented by West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Stine, was under the influence of alcoholic beverages with a blood alcohol level greater than .08, when he caused the death of another. In the State of Florida, DUI Manslaughter is a Second (2) Degree Felony which carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 15 years in the Florida State Prison and a lifetime revocation of the defendant’s driver’s license.
Vehicular Homicide is also a Second (2) Degree Felony with a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. As a practical note, a drunk driver who kills another cannot be guilty of both DUI Manslaughter and DUI Homicide as the latter contains the same elements and thus, the double Jeopardy Clause of the US Constitution and Florida Constitution prohibit a driver from being convicted of both offenses. Regardless of this very important Constitutional principle, both crimes, DUI Manslaughter and DUI Homicide, carry very stiff prison sentences; because the drunk driver is causing the death of another, which is inherent within the criminal acts themselves. Therefore, the Florida Sentencing Guidelines call for increased points to be added to the defendant’s score sheet, which puts the DUI driver in a position of a very long prison sentence. The John Goodman Criminal DUI Manslaughter case in Palm Breach County, the Wellington polo mogul who drove drunk and impaired and killed 23 year old Scot Wilson, was also found guilty of DUI Manslaughter and received a sentenced of sixteen (16) years in prison for the same conviction as Attorney Stine’s client who fared much better with only One (1) Year in the Palm Beach County Jail.
Palm Beach Criminal Attorney, Andrew D. Stine, understands the significant impact that a criminal defense attorney can have on the influence in sentencing. Assistant State Attorneys’ and Judges’ are only doing their jobs, when they recommend a sentence and accept the same for those accused of criminal acts including DUI Manslaughter and DUI Homicide. The work of the Criminal Defense Attorney is to help the State of Florida, and the Judge, understand the strengths of the defendant and to seek certain mitigation factors under the sentencing guidelines that reduce the years in prison from decades to a single year. Years of experience has taught West Palm Beach Criminal Attorney, Andrew D. Stine, that asking for compassion, taking responsibility and being humble are sometimes the best qualities a criminal defendant, even one who is accused of DUI Manslaughter or DUI Homicide, can provide to the prosecutor and sentencing judge. With a highly experienced Criminal Defense Attorney, like in Case Number 2012CF005417AXXXMB, sometimes the most personal traits like compassion, responsibility and humility are all the criminal defendant needs to show for an experienced West Palm Beach Criminal Lawyer, like Andrew D. Stine, to make the winning pitch to save his client from tens of years in prison. Being arrogant, pompous and tenacious are not the traits that get mercy from the Office of State Attorney in and for Palm Beach County, Fl or the Honorable Judges that serve within the 15th Judicial Circuit, specially when it comes to being sentenced for DUI Manslaughter and DUI Homicide.
West Palm Beach DUI/DWI Attorney
The most important thing in DUI/DWI cases is early intervention by your attorney. This preliminary involvement will help you avoid the consequences of a conviction, which are very serious in Florida. We will also represent you at your hearing before the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles in order to protect your right to drive.
In addition to DUI/DWI charges, we represent clients in DUI accident cases, including:
- Leaving the scene of accident with severe bodily injury
- DUI/DWI severe bodily injury
- DUI/DWI homicide
- DUI/DWI manslaughter
There are defenses in DUI accident cases, which an experienced and capable lawyer can use. Even if you made a statement to police during your arrest, our lawyers can usually get that evidence thrown out of court. Any statement you give officers cannot be used against you due to the Florida accident report privilege.
Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at (561) 832-1170. Se habla español.