An 18-year-old man is facing felony charges in connection with a car accident in Orange County which resulted in the death of a 44-year-old man and his 17-year-old son. According to a news report in The Los Angeles Times, the fatal car accident occurred on Crescent Avenue in Buena Park. The 18-year-old driver faces two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
It is illegal for drivers in the state of California to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. Drivers under the age of 21 face even harsher restrictions regarding alcohol. California Vehicle Code Section 23136 states: “It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 years who has a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent or greater, as measured by a preliminary alcohol screening test or other chemical test, to drive a vehicle.”
Teenagers are often charged as adults in cases involving drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter. These allegations can have potentially serious ramifications for the future of the young defendant. It is important to aggressively defend yourself against these types of charges as they may result in extended jail time, license suspension, years of probation, and heavy fines.
The Orange County vehicular manslaughter attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan are dedicated to helping individuals receive a fair trial. We carefully examine the circumstances of the case to ensure that proper evidence is gathered to build a strong case on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been accused of drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter in Orange County, please call our law offices at 866-430-8383 for a free consultation.