A 20-year-old woman has been booked for felony drunk driving and manslaughter after a fatal Los Angeles car accident. According to ABC7, the fatal LA car crash took place on Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. Authorities believe that a 2003 Cadillac CTS veered from the northbound lanes into the southbound lanes of traffic where it collided with a 2008 Honda Civic and then crashed into a two-story apartment. Two passengers in the Cadillac died in the crash and the driver of the Honda was seriously injured.
Drivers facing Los Angeles DUI charges are looking at serious consequences, including up to six months in jail for first-time offenders and a $1,000 fine. Drivers who are convicted of causing a fatal California car collision while under the influence of alcohol face potentially life changing penalties, including up to10 years in a state prison. Drivers charged with California vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol could face 15 years to life if they have a prior DUI conviction on their record.
The penalties and fines for driving under the influence of alcohol have become so severe in California that it is crucial for anyone charged with a DUI to immediately contact an experienced Los Angeles drunk driving defense lawyer. A skilled criminal defense attorney will review all of the details surrounding the California car accident and the arrest to determine if any of the defendant’s rights were violated.
If you have been charged with a Los Angeles DUI or vehicular manslaughter, the criminal defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan are here to help. Call us today at 1-866-430-8383 for a free consultation and case evaluation.