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Driving While Drunk Can Make You a Convicted Murderer – Watson Murder

Murder is quite possibly the most horrendous act any human being is capable of committing. There is not a single developed society in existence that condones the senseless taking of life in a manner that is deliberate and calculated.

For this reason, a murder charge is severely prosecuted. As a capital offense, the penalty for murder can be death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

How can a DUI lead to Murder?

In California, a drunk driver can be prosecuted as a murderer, even if the resulting death was unintended or purely accidental. This particular type of murder is called a Watson Murder.

Named after the court case that first introduced the concept, a Watson Murder is prosecuted when a person with a prior DUI conviction drives under the influence again and it results in the death of another person.

Instead of it being prosecuted as a manslaughter offense (a killing that is committed by accident), a Watson Murder will incur a second-degree murder charge.

Second-degree murder is normally punishable by imprisonment in state prison for 15 years to life. Although a harsh punishment, it does not approach the possibility of death by execution.

Needless to say, you do not want the possibility of a Watson Murder charge looming over your head. If you are facing a DUI allegation, it is important that you seek the expertise of a skilled criminal defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have been in practice for over 30 years and can help you avoid harsh prison sentences. Call us today at 888-749-0034 or visit us online at www.wklaw.com. We will be there for you when you call.

About Wallin & Klarich


Wallin & Klarich was established in 1981. Over the past 32 years, our law firm has helped tens of thousands of families in their time of legal need. Regardless of whether our clients faced criminal or DUI charges, the loss of their driving privilege, or wanted to clean up their criminal record, we have been there to help them.