DUI Manslaughter Laws in Florida
A DUI Manslaughter charge results from when a person is arrested for a driving under the influence and has also caused an accident that resulted in the death of another person. There are different types of DUI manslaughter charges that you could be facing if arrested after causing a fatal accident. A DUI conviction by itself is extremely serious with fines anywhere from $500 to $2,000 depending on the circumstances. A DUI manslaughter conviction is exponentially more serious, and something you simply cannot afford.
The penalties for DUI manslaughter are as follows according to Florida Statute 316.193:
- DUI/Manslaughter: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment).
- DUI Manslaughter/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of DUI Manslaughter who knew/should have known accident occurred; and failed to give information or render aid is guilty of a First Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 30 years imprisonment).
In addition to these serious penalties of heavy fines and long term imprisonment, a DUI manslaughter conviction can also result in a loss of your driving privileges, and a felony conviction on your criminal record that cannot be expunged in many states. The laws vary in each state, so it is imperative that you contact a DUI lawyer as soon as possible so that you can learn more about your options for fighting your DUI or DUI manslaughter charges.
DUI Manslaughter in Wellington
John Goodman, International Polo Club Founder, was charged with DUI Manslaughter and has been facing an onslaught of media outrage and ridicule for his actions. A motion has been filed to change the venue of the trial due to pre-trial publicity and the media inhibiting the possibility of an unbiased jury. The motion, according to WPTV News, is to move the trial to Miami Dade county where one of Goodman’s DUI Lawyer‘s is based.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, or DUI manslaughter, you need to contact a DUI lawyer immediately. The law firm of Andrew D. Stine has extensive experience in defending people charged with a DUI and can help you too.