DUI Manslaughter Penalties

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Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs and alcohol is a crime that is punished harshly in Florida, particularly if it involves the harm of another individual. If someone else is killed as a result of your DUI, you would be charged with DUI manslaughter. If you’ve been accused of manslaughter, you should call an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The sooner your attorney can begin to build a case in your defense, the better your position will be.

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Mandatory Minimum Sentence

If you are convicted of a DUI manslaughter in Florida, you would be convicted of a 2nd-degree felony and assigned a Level 8 offense severity ranking under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code. This means a judge would be required to impose a mandatory sentence of at least 124 ½ months in prison. This mandatory sentence would be added onto the following penalties:

  • Up to 15 years in prison
  • Up to 15 years of probation
  • Permanent driver’s license revocation
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Community service
  • Completion of a DUI substance-abuse course
  • Impoundment of your vehicle
  • Completion of a psychosocial evaluation and substance abuse treatment

Mitigating Circumstances

Depending on the case, DUI manslaughter is one of the rare crimes where a downward departure sentence might be justified because of mitigating circumstances. Based on the judge’s discretion, he or she can impose a downward departure sentence below the required sentence. However, this ability is capped by Florida Statute 316.193(3)(c)(3), which requires a person convicted of a DUI manslaughter charge to be sentenced to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 4 years (48) months.

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Our experienced Florida DUI attorneys have more than 150 years of combined legal experience to offer your case. If you’re accused of DUI manslaughter, make sure to give yourself the best chance of winning your case. Talk to us about the circumstances of your situation, and we can offer you our best legal advice regarding your options. Musca Law is known for its tenacious and aggressive advocacy. Our lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights and freedom of the people we help, and we also treat our clients with respect and courtesy. Let us see what we can do for you.

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