There’s a lot of accidents and a lot of deaths in the San Fernando Valley. What the prosecutors are looking at when deciding what to file if a death has occurred in a traffic accident is, why did the accident happen. In California, vehicular manslaughter charges are defined under Penal Code 192(c).
A lot of times, that’s not such an easy thing to answer. Sometimes they have to get an accident reconstruction expert to try to figure it out.
I, as a defense attorney, when it comes to these vehicular manslaughter cases in the Valley, will get my own accident reconstruction expert to show that it wasn’t my client’s fault that the accident occurred.
Ability to Safely Operate a Motor Vehicle
It is never an easy decision on exactly how to handle these cases because if the person was using any type of substance that affected their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
That’s what it looks like when you’re talking about a death on the road when someone has either used alcohol, marijuana, prescription medication or some other illegal drug and the police have the argument that they could not safely operate a motor vehicle.
So, if you or a loved one is charged with vehicular manslaughter, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve handled hundreds of these cases over the last 26 years. I know what it takes to get a successful result and I know what it takes to properly defend you.
Murder Charges Under Penal Code 187
One of the biggest issues in these cases is that the prosecutors, sometimes, if you were taking some type of a substance have a lot of power because they can charge that murder charge.
For second degree, you’re looking at 15 to life. Now, when they also charge the alternate charge of vehicular manslaughter, that looks pretty good to someone who’s looking at a lot of time in prison.
Sometimes they file these cases fairly, but sometimes they’re filed unfairly. If they’re unfairly filed, that doesn’t mean it’s going to get overturned.
You need your defense attorney, somebody like me, who has worked for a judge, who’s worked for the prosecutors and who has defended people just like you since 1994 to get involved.
Seeking Reduced Charges for Vehicular Manslaughter
A lawyer who will fight for your rights, using accident reconstruction if necessary, do the preliminary hearing and challenge the prosecution’s evidence if necessary — whatever it takes to get the best result for you if you’re charged with vehicular manslaughter in the San Fernando Valley.
Another potential charge besides second-degree murder and besides vehicular manslaughter is involuntary manslaughter. This can be a misdemeanor.
It’s a lot less of a serious charge than vehicular manslaughter. The difference between these cases and vehicular manslaughter cases is really simple negligence.
Meaning, somebody committed some simple traffic violation and a death occurred. If you ran a red light or maybe you made a left turn in front of somebody who was coming through a green light.
Whatever the case may be, these simple traffic infractions that result in death can also be charged, and they shouldn’t be charged as vehicular manslaughter.
Sometimes they shouldn’t be charged as involuntary manslaughter, but to have any chance of having your rights, your reputation, your future protected.
You need someone who is a champion and warrior like to me defend you when you’re charged with vehicular manslaughter in the San Fernando Valley.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0940.