Jacksonville DUI Manslaughter Lawyer
DUI Manslaughter in Florida
DUI manslaughter is the most serious DUI offense in Florida. A conviction can lead to a long prison sentence, tens of thousands of dollars in fines, and the permanent removal of your driving privileges. However, just because you've been charged with this crime, it doesn’t mean all hope is lost.
You still have an opportunity to fight for the most favorable outcome in court with the help of an experienced DUI manslaughter attorney in Jacksonville, FL. Our legal team at Monroe & King, P.A. will do our best to either get your entire case dismissed or your charges or penalties reduced.
Our team consists of two former prosecutors who had specialized in DUI cases, which means they can now help you navigate the complexities of the Florida criminal justice system and understand how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you a significant advantage in the courtroom.
Understanding DUI Manslaughter Florida Statute
In order to be convicted of DUI manslaughter in Florida, a person must operate or have “actual physical control” of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and cause or contribute to someone else's death as a result. Actual physical control is defined as being physically inside a vehicle and having the ability to drive it (for example, being in the driver’s seat with the engine running).
DUI Manslaughter Sentence Florida
In Florida, DUI manslaughter is a second-degree felony, which carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years, fines not exceeding $10,000, permanent driver’s license revocation, vehicle impoundment, and more.
However, if mitigating circumstances are evident, a judge may impose a “downward departure sentence” that is below the presumptively required prison term of 124 ½ months. Keep in mind, the state cap for a downward departure sentence is a mandatory minimum four-year sentence.
Representation for DUI Manslaughter Cases
There are many legal defenses to a DUI manslaughter charge in Florida, such as an illegal traffic stop, improper field sobriety tests, lack of probable cause, and inadmissible chemical tests. Our Jacksonville DUI manslaughter lawyers can review your case and determine all of your legal options in order to fight for the best possible results. Let us fight for you throughout the entire legal process.
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