California Penal Code section 192(c) defines vehicular manslaughter as driving a vehicle with ordinary negligence that results in the unlawful killing of a human being. The sentencing and punishment for vehicular manslaughter in Riverside can be severe.
In order to get a Riverside vehicular manslaughter charge dismissed, it is very important that you hire an experienced Wallin & Klarich vehicular manslaughter defense attorney who will fight for you using an effective defense strategy. There are several defenses available that could result in a dismissal or reduction of your charge. Here are some successful defenses that your vehicular manslaughter lawyers at Wallin & Klarich can raise on your behalf:
Defenses to Vehicular Manslaughter in Riverside
1. Your actions were not negligent
For the prosecution to convict you of vehicular manslaughter, they must establish that you acted with ordinary negligence. More specifically, the prosecution must prove that you committed an act that a reasonable person would not have done or that you failed to do something that a reasonable person would have done in the same circumstances.
Depending on the facts of your specific case, your Riverside Wallin & Klarich defense attorney can argue that your actions under the circumstances were reasonable and therefore not negligent.
2. Your actions were not a substantial factor in the cause of death
In order to be found guilty of this offense, the prosecution must prove that your actions were a substantial factor in causing the death of another person. Since a variety of factors contribute to an automobile accident, it is often unclear what factors caused the victim’s death. If the connection between your actions and the death of the alleged victim is not clear, this defense can be successful.
After reviewing the circumstances of your accident, your experienced Riverside Wallin & Klarich defense attorney can argue that your actions were not a substantial factor in the cause of the alleged victim’s death.
3. You did not drive the vehicle
In order for the prosecution to convict you of vehicular manslaughter, they must determine that you were the one driving the vehicle at the time the act causing the victim’s death occurred. This defense applies if there is any reasonable doubt as to whether you were driving the vehicle.
By using the defenses that apply best to your particular situation, we may be able to get your fines lessened and your charges reduced. Depending on your particular case, it might even be possible to get your vehicular manslaughter charge dismissed altogether.
Riverside Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney
If you are looking for a Riverside Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney to represent you, Wallin & Klarich can help. With over 30 years of experience and offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Victorville and West Covina, our highly skilled and professional vehicular manslaughter defense attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and passionately argue that your case should be dismissed.
Call us today at (888) 280-6839. We will be there when you call.