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What happens if someone dies in a DUI accident?

Drunk driving is dangerous. That is something that is covered in a variety of ads that are meant to combat this action. If you are driving drunk and get into an accident, there is a chance that you could injure someone or kill someone. In some cases, that might end up causing you to face a DUI manslaughter charge.

What is a DUI manslaughter charge?

A DUI manslaughter charge is essentially an involuntary manslaughter charge that stems from an accident caused by a drunk driver. Generally, these cases have three elements. Those elements include that someone died in the accident, that you should have known that driving drunk could pose a threat to others and that the drunk driving was done with a reckless disregard to the life of the people around you. It is important to note that this type of charge isn't saying that you purposefully killed someone. Instead, it essentially means that your reckless act, drunk driving, accidentally caused the death of another person.

Would I face DUI charges and manslaughter charges?

It is possible to face drunk driving charges and manslaughter charges that are because of the same incident. This is because they are actually two separate criminal acts. You are said to have violated the state's drunk driving laws and you are accused of having committed manslaughter.

If you are facing criminal charges because of a fatal drunk driving accident, you are likely looking at some serious time in prison. You might also be looking at fines and other penalties. Working through the case that the prosecution is presenting can often give you the springboard you need to get moving on your defense.

Source: FindLaw, "What Is DUI Manslaughter?," Christopher Coble, Esq., accessed Aug. 12, 2016

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