A conviction for driving under the influence can have serious effects on your life. You may see repercussions legally, financially, and even in your career. If you cause serious harm or death to another person while driving under the influence, you could face even more consequential charges.
First Degree Manslaughter
If you are arrested for a misdemeanor DUI or DWI and a death results during the commission of the DUI or DWI, then you can be charged with First Degree Manslaughter. This can be confusing as people will refer to it as Misdemeanor Manslaughter which simply means it is a Felony Manslaughter charge because a death occurred in the commission of a misdemeanor (DUI/DWI). Manslaughter is always a felony charge.
Second Degree Murder
If you are arrested for a felony DUI or any other felony and a death results during the commission of that felony, you can be charged with Second Degree Murder or Murder 2. A conviction means a minimum of ten years and up to life in a state penitentiary.
Act Now to Protect Your Future
Time is of the essence in any case of this nature. The State of Oklahoma starts building a case against you from the moment the police were called to the scene. It is important that legal counsel is obtained so someone on your side can begin building your defense. It is imperative to have trained defense investigators (like the one we have on staff) immediately go to the scene and take pictures as well as attorneys to file motions to preserve evidence that can be used to assist in your defense. Do not make any statements to the police or your insurance company as those statements will be used against you.
The Hunsucker Legal Group has extensive experience in defending those accused of DUI related crimes. Our team has been able to turn cases in our clients’ favor for a variety of reasons, and is adept at navigating the intricacies of DUI law.
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