DUI Manslaughter Lawyer in Miami
Also Serving Fort Lauderdale
Both driving while intoxicated and vehicular homicide are serious criminal offenses, but when combined, the penalties and collateral damage produced are far greater. In Florida, this is known as DUI Manslaughter.
A person charged with DUI manslaughter faces many consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence, costly fines, and the possibility of losing their driving privileges for the remainder of their life.
A person faced with these allegations or any DUI-related offense needs the immediate assistance of an experienced DUI defense lawyer with a proven track record of success.
DUI Manslaughter Defense Attorney Serving Miami & Fort Lauderdale
If you have been arrested for DUI manslaughter or feel you may be under suspicion of causing the death of another person while you were driving intoxicated, you need the immediate counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Attorney Hoffman has provided effective legal counsel to clients faced with charges of driving while intoxicated, first DUI, intoxicated manslaughter, DUI manslaughter, DUI resulting in serious bodily injury, DUI with property damage, and a variety of other drunk driving offenses.
With offices conveniently located in Miami and North Miami, The Hoffman Firm provides excellent legal representation to clients throughout Miami-Dade County, including but not limited to Aventura, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, South Miami, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles Beach, as well as Fort Lauderdale.
Contact an attorney immediately to ensure your freedom and escape legal penalties. Call (305) 928-1669 or fill out our online contact form if you are in Miami. Call 954-737-3004 if you are in Broward County. Se habla español.
What Is DUI Manslaughter?
Pursuant to Florida Statute 316.193, a person who was driving while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or the combination of both, and was involved in a vehicular accident that caused the death of another human being or unborn child, has committed DUI manslaughter.
In order to convict of DUI manslaughter, the prosecution must prove the following:
- the defendant was driving or in physical control of the vehicle;
- the defendant's normal faculties were impaired;
- the defendant's impairment was caused by consuming a controlled substance; or
- the defendant's impairment was caused by a BAC above the legal limit (0.08 or above); and
- the defendant's actions caused or contributed to the death of another human being or an unborn child.
As an enhanced form of DUI, the penalties imposed on a person convicted of DUI manslaughter will be substantially more severe, even if this is their first DUI offense.
In addition, the circumstances surrounding the criminal act and the actions the defendant took after the vehicular accident occurred will play a huge role in their case. This is because two major forms of DUI Manslaughter exist in Florida. These are:
- DUI Manslaughter
- DUI Manslaughter – Leaving the Scene
Any person who was driving while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and was involved in a vehicular accident that resulted in the death of another person faces the following consequences:
- second degree felony conviction
- up to $10,000 fine
- up to 15 years in prison
- up to 15 years of probation
DUI Manslaughter – Leaving the Scene
Florida law requires a person involved in a fatal car accident to stay at the scene of the accident and render aid. A person can meet this requirement by notifying law enforcement of the accident and by providing "reasonable" assistance.
The term "reasonable assistance" is evaluated by the courts on a case by case basis. If law enforcement has reason to believe you fled the scene or failed to provide reasonable aid, you could face charges of leaving the scene.
A driver who is convicted of DUI Manslaughter – Leaving the Scene will face the following consequences:
- first degree felony conviction
- up to $10,000 fine
- up to 30 years in prison
Hardship Reinstatement of License
A person convicted of DUI Manslaughter who does not have any prior DUI-related convictions may be eligible for hardship reinstatement of their license after a period of five (5) years and after fulfilling the following circumstances:
- Applicant has not been arrested for a drug-related offense in the five (5) years prior to the hearing;
- Applicant has not driven a motor vehicle without a license in the five (5) years prior to the hearing;
- Applicant has been alcohol- and drug-free for at least five (5) years prior to the hearing;
- Applicant completed DUI School and is supervised under the DUI program for the remainder of the revocation period; and
- Applicant has ignition interlock device installed in his or her vehicle for a period of two (2) years.
Florida DUI Manslaughter Resources
Given the efforts of the following groups to tighten up DUI laws and regulations in the state, it’s imperative that you hire an experienced DUI defense lawyer if you’ve been charged with DUI Manslaughter in Florida.
United States Drug Enforcement Administration: Visit this website to acquire statistics concerning impaired driving and the strict methods used by the Drug Enforcement Agency to prevent drunk driving accidents from occurring on roadways throughout the United States.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Visit this website to obtain more information regarding the organization MADD, formally known as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and their efforts to reduce incidents of drugged driving throughout the nation by providing substance abuse information and encouragement.
DUI Manslaughter Defense in Miami & Fort Lauderdale
If you have been arrested for DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious bodily injury, or any other DUI offense, you need the immediate assistance of an experienced defense attorney to help preserve your case.
With offices conveniently located in Miami and North Miami, The Hoffman Firm is able to provide superb legal representation to clients throughout the entire Miami-Dade County, Florida area, including Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Aventura, Homestead, and Fort Lauderdale.
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