Jacksonville DUI Manslaughter Defense Lawyer
When a DUI charge is accompanied by an accident resulting in a death, the charge becomes enhanced to DUI manslaughter. This is an extremely serious felony DUI charge. If convicted, the person will lose his or her freedom for many years. Most of the time the DUI Manslaughter is charged after a person provides a blood sample that is sent off to an FDLE Lab for testing. The person can remain at liberty while the results are pending. If it comes back over the legal limit of a .08, then a warrant will be issued. Bonds can be very high so it’s critical that a person retain an experienced DUI firm immediately after providing the blood draw.
Our highly experienced Jacksonville DUI defense attorneys will provide you with advice and guidance aimed at preventing you from being convicted and incarcerated. We are experienced with working with a variety of experts that assist us in understanding the accident scene and causation and blood draw analysis. Causation of the accident is critical and if it can be challenged, a person may avoid a DUI Manslaughter conviction altogether.
We know that even if you had just one drink before an accident that resulted in the death of another person, you could be charged with DUI manslaughter. Some DUI Manslaughter cases involve a breath test where the alleged victim was sent to the hospital and did not die immediately. Then the person could be investigated for a standard DUI and arrested and offered a breath test. See our DUI FAQ page for information pertaining to whether or not you must take the breath or blood test.
Serious Bodily Injury and Death
If an accident caused serious bodily injury, the DUI charge and penalties will be enhanced. If these injuries cause death, even days, weeks or months after the accident, the charge will be elevated to DUI manslaughter.
If you are facing a DUI involving serious bodily injury or death, the sooner you hire legal representation, the better. Anything you say can and will be used against you. Make sure to have one of our experienced attorneys by your side, making statements for you in a way that protects your rights and interests. Even if you have already given a statement to the police, we can help you fight for your freedom and future.