Vehicular Manslaughter cases in Kern County are prosecuted very aggressively by the District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Sala has successfully defended numerous vehicular manslaughter cases throughout his career. There are many circumstances that comprise the offense of vehicular manslaughter, which include:
Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated: This involves allegations that the accused was driving a vehicle while intoxicated with or without gross negligence. This is a felony and may result in a severe prison sentence if convicted. There are many issues to be considered in successfully defending a vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charge, such as whether the driver was under the influence of drugs or driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater. Another significant issue is whether the accused was a substantial factor in causing the collision, which is aggressively contested by Mr. Sala and his defense team. Mr. Sala believes in immediate investigation and sending his investigators to the scene of the collision to photograph, diagram, measure, and preserve evidence to advance a successful defense. Mr. Sala has accident reconstruction experts to evaluate the cause of the accident and in doing so has cast doubt upon the prosecution’s case to achieve exceptional results for his clients.
Criminally Negligent Vehicle Manslaughter: This charge does not involve an allegation that the accused was under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance at the time of the collision, but was criminally negligent in failing to exercise due care or violated some traffic statute. These cases are very tragic because they involve merely an accident without any allegation that the driver was impaired. These cases are filed as misdemeanors, and Mr. Sala has successfully defended each and every one of the many cases he has handled of this type.
Racing on a Highway: This involves allegations that the accused participated in an illegal street race, which proximately cased the death of another person. In many circumstances, these types of cases depend on the perception of the prosecution’s witnesses and must be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Mr. Sala has defended many cases involving allegations of racing, which have resulted in the case being reduced to a misdemeanor without his client serving time in custody. These results are attributed to Mr. Sala’s swift investigation, preparation and ability to effectively cross-examine prosecution witnesses.
If you are arrested for any type of vehicular manslaughter charge, it is essential that you not speak to anyone other than an attorney, and contact our office to have Mr. Sala launch an effective, vigorous and successful defense.
If you are facing a vehicular manslaughter offense, contact our office today.