A person who drives while drunk puts his or her own life at risk and also endangers others in or near the roadway. Sadly, DUI-related crashes happen all too frequently and with them come numerous fatalities. In Louisiana, those who are suspected of causing a fatal accident while driving drunk will likely be charged with vehicular homicide. What are the consequences associated with a conviction on such a charge?
The state takes alcohol-related crimes very seriously. If one is accused of involuntarily killing someone because of driving while under the influence, he or she could spend anywhere from three years to 30 years in prison. If one is also charged and convicted of other crimes, the length of imprisonment may be longer.
Along with spending years behind bars, it is likely that hefty fines will be assessed. These fines can range from $2,000 to over $15,000. It all really depends on the details of one's case.
Clearly, the state of Louisiana takes a strong stance on DUI-related vehicular homicide. If one is charged and convicted on such a crime, his or her life could be completely turned off course. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help in seeking the best outcome possible to one's case. It may be possible to fight the charge completely or seek a reduction in charges by reviewing and questioning the evidence of the case. It may also be possible to seek alternative sentencing which would, if granted, lower any consequences associated with a criminal conviction.
Source: madd.org, "Penalties for Drunk Driving Vehicular Homicide", Accessed on June 22, 2017