A 37-year-old man plead guilty to one count of DUI manslaughter Aug. 16, a week before he was set to go on trial to face eight criminal charges, including three counts of DUI manslaughter.
The man allegedly had drugs and alcohol in his system when he rear ended a Chevy SUV at 70 miles per hour on Christmas Day 2007, which took the lives of three people.
If convicted, the man could have faced life in prison. Instead, he decided to plead guilty to one count of DUI manslaughter in exchange for 12 years in prison.
Reports suggested he had a history of driving and drug offenses.
Unlike other crimes in Florida, DUI Manslaughter or even DUI with Serious Bodily Injury are immediately serious, no matter who the accused is. The dirty little secret about these charges is the injury points associated with these charges, when following the Florida Sentencing Score Sheet, will put a defendant (no matter how few priors) in a position to accept prison time or go to trial. It is this singular fact, above all others, that anyone charged with either DUI Manslaughter or DUI Serious Bodily Injury must hire an experienced DUI law firm IMMEDIATELY.
The Florida DUI Manslaughter Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton understand how upsetting it can be when you are involved in a fatal collision. Along with stress, you could be suffering from serious injuries of your own. We can guide you through the duration of your case to make sure that you are well-informed about what is happening during your proceedings and that you receive the greatest possible defense.
It is important to note that a DUI manslaughter charge is a very serious criminal charge that usually carries significant prison time upon conviction.
If you have been charged with DUI-manslaughter in New Port Richey, elsewhere in Pasco County or throughout the state of Florida, contact the Florida Criminal-DUI Defense Lawyers at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or reach us at our New Port Richey consultation office at 727-847-2299 or dial us toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).