A 20-year-old man was arrested for murder, hit-and-run and driving under the influence after an accident in the Angeles National Forest where he allegedly crashed his car into a group of bicyclists. According to this news report, a 43-year-old bicyclist was killed and two others were hospitalized with serious injuries.
A Los Angeles drunk driving offense can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. In cases where there is serious injury or death and the driver is suspected of being under the influence, he or she could be charged with manslaughter or murder in addition to felony drunk driving. Obviously, these are extremely serious charges that present serious consequences including lengthy jail or prison time, hefty fines and suspension or revocation of driver’s license. A murder or manslaughter conviction could have long-lasting consequences.
If you or a loved one is facing any DUI-related charge – whether it’s a felony or a misdemeanor – you need the counsel of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will protect your legal rights and make sure you get a fair trial or a fair shot at justice. The knowledgeable and skilled Los Angeles DUI defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have significant experience in handling all types of DUI misdemeanor or felony cases. Please call us today to find out how we can help you. We offer free consultations and case evaluations.