Tulsa, Oklahoma DUI First Degree Manslaughter
Being accused of a DUI and having to deal with the aftermath of a car wreck are two circumstances you never want to find yourself in—especially if that wreck results in a fatality.
DUI Manslaughter: An Overview
If you are charged with committing a crime that resulted in a fatality, you could be convicted of homicide, depending on whether or not the death was intentional. If it was intentional homicide, you could be charged with murder. If unintentional, you could be charged with manslaughter. When there is a fatality in a car wreck, a person will be most often charged with manslaughter.
There are different degrees of manslaughter charges and depending on the degree, the associated penalties could change. However, if a DUI was involved in the fatal wreck, then you would likely be charged with first-degree manslaughter.
First Degree Manslaughter Elements
If you were in a car wreck that resulted in a fatality due to a DUI or DWI, then you could be charged with first-degree manslaughter. However, to be convicted of this crime, the prosecution must prove a number of certain elements. This includes:
- That a person was killed
- You were the direct cause of the death
- The death occurred as a direct result of an act that happened while the misdemeanor crime took place
DUI First Degree Manslaughter Conviction Penalties
DUI first-degree manslaughter is a felony charge and can result in serious consequences. If convicted, you could lose your license, pay a large fine and four years to life in prison.
How We Can Help
Fortunately, being charged with a crime does not mean you are guilty of committing it. Build in Edge Law Firm has successfully tried theses types of cases to a Not Guilty verdict. To discuss your options, contact us for a free consultation.