Homicide While Under the Influence
The most serious Pennsylvania DUI cases of all are those where someone other than the driver died as a result. If that's the case, you'll most likely be charged with the sentencing enhancement of homicide while under the influence in addition to Pennsylvania DUI.
Homicide while under the influence carries a considerable prison sentence and other punishment, so you need an experienced defense attorney on your side. A knowledgeable Pennsylvania DUI attorney from Zachary B. Cooper, Attorney at Law, P.C. will strive to protect you from the harsh consequences of a homicide while under the influence charge and make every effort to create reasonable doubt in your alleged guilt.
Anyone alleged to have caused the death of another person while DUI can be charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence - a second-degree felony. If more than one person died, the district attorney can bring a separate count of homicide while under the influence for each death.
Homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in a Pennsylvania DUI case is punishable by a minimum of three years in prison. The judge has the option of imposing a sentence of three to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 for each count of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.
Mounting a strong defense to a homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence charge in a Pennsylvania DUI case is complex and technical. Your Pennsylvania DUI attorney may employ several experts in your defense, such as an accident reconstructionalist, an independent chemical test expert and perhaps a substance-abuse expert.
One possible option in a Pennsylvania DUI homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence case is a carefully negotiated plea bargain that allows you to plead guilty in exchange for reduced charges and/or negotiated penalties.
If you're facing a Pennsylvania DUI homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence charge, you need a team of top attorneys fighting for your rights and freedom. A skilled Pennsylvania DUI attorney from Zachary B. Cooper, Attorney at Law, P.C. is ready to review your case and explain your options. Please contact us today for a free consultation.