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GRASS VALLEY CALIFORNIA VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER DEFENSE ATTORNEY

Vehicular manslaughter is purely a statutory creation. California Penal Code § 192(b) specifically exempts acts committed in the driving of a vehicle from the scheme of the general involuntary manslaughter statutes.

Generally, no death involving a vehicle is criminal unless it is the proximate result of either, the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony, or, the commission of a lawful act which might produce death when the act is performed in an unlawful manner.

Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the killing of a human being while driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or the combined influence of both alcohol and drugs. Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is a felony and is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for 4, 6, or 10 years.

Gross vehicular manslaughter without intoxication is the driving a vehicle in the commission of an unlawful act, including a traffic violation, or the driving a vehicle in the commission of a lawful act, which might produce death, in an unlawful manner. Gross vehicular manslaughter is a wobbler and can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. The possible sentence for a felony conviction is 2, 4, or 6 years in state prison. If there is a misdemeanor conviction the maximum punishment is one year in the county jail.

Vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence is the driving a vehicle in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to felony, but without gross negligence; or driving a vehicle in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death, in an unlawful manner, but without gross negligence. Vehicular manslaughter is a misdemeanor punishable with up to one year in the county jail.

No matter the circumstances are surrounding your vehicular manslaughter case is important that you seek the legal advice of a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney.

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06/22/2011
Not Guilty Verdict
Not Guilty Verdict in Domestic Violence Case. Client was charged with two counts of violating California Penal Code § 273.5(a). Attached to count one of the information was an allegation that the client inflicted great bodily injury in violation of California Penal Code § 12022.7(e). The great bodily injury allegation turned a garden variety felony into a violent felony under California Three Strikes Law. The great bodily injury allegation, if found true by the jury, would have had immediate and long term effects on the client.

Because count one and two were charged as felonies, combined with the great bodily injury allegation, the client was facing up to ten years in state prison.

It took the jury less than one hour to return a verdict of not guilty.

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