Tampa DUI Manslaughter Attorneys
Proven Defense Lawyers for DUI Manslaughter Charges in Florida
Any DUI accident that results in the death of another can result in charges of DUI manslaughter. Per Florida Statutes §316.193(3), a driver with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of 0.08 or higher or when impaired, who causes or contributes to the death of a human or unborn child is guilty of a second-degree felony DUI. An unborn child is a viable fetus that is “capable of meaningful life outside the womb through standard medical measures.”
The penalties for DUI manslaughter in Tampa, FL include the following:
- No more than a $10,000 fine; and
- Up to 15 years of incarceration.
In cases where the driver knew the accident occurred and fled, they will also face hit and run charges. Failing to stop and render aid or give information to authorities is a serious criminal offense that can result in aggravated DUI charges. The prison sentence could be as long as 30 years, depending on the case. There are additional penalties that can be levied against the defendant. This includes the permanent revocation of the defendant’s driver’s license. The defendant may also be required to complete community service and attend DUI school.
Right of Action: Civil Cases
Beyond the criminal charges pressed for DUI manslaughter, the defendant may also face a civil case. Per Florida Statutes §768.19 (2012), the surviving family members of the victim may have a right of action. Under this law, when a “wrongful act” kills a person, the surviving family members can take legal action to recover damages. This is done on top of and independent from the criminal charges. Should that occur, restitution may be required.
Tampa DUI Manslaughter Defense Attorneys Fighting for You
By getting the involvement of a Tampa DUI lawyer, you can take the necessary steps to protect your rights. DUI manslaughter is one of the most serious offenses you could face. Not only are you at risk for monetary fines and incarceration, but if found guilty, you will also have your license revoked. This could have far-reaching effects on your life. Therefore, no time must be wasted in getting the involvement of a Tampa defense attorney.
When you need an aggressive DUI lawyer, contact Thomas & Paulk. We know what is at stake and will do everything possible to provide you with reliable legal counsel. By working with our team, you will have access to over 40 years of combined experience. Why work with an inexperienced lawyer when you could have a heavyweight in your corner? To learn more about how we can protect your rights, contact us as soon as possible. You can also read through our case results, attorney profiles, and more.
Want to schedule a free consultation? Contact our DUI manslaughter defense lawyers at our Tampa offices by calling (813) 321-7323 today.
Facing DUI charges is a serious enough situation, but when you're also accused of taking another's life, everything is on the line. You must trust your case to a team that has the know-how and resources to make a difference. That's Thomas & Paulk.
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