The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed manslaughter charges against a Gardena man following a DUI crash. The man lost control of his vehicle, jumped a curb, and struck a toddler and his mother as they walked down the street. The driver smashed into a home, and then backed up. He struck the child a second time as he attempted to leave the scene. The boy died later at a hospital.
Prosecutors charged him with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He also faces charges of driving under the influence and causing injury. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The driver had a 2006 conviction for arson. If convicted on the current charges, he faces as much as 25 years in prison. His next scheduled court date is July 11.
Los Angeles DUI attorney
When you face charges for a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI attorney like Robert Helfend. Prosecutors treat about two-thirds of drunk driving cases in California as misdemeanors. Serious injuries or deaths resulting from DUI accidents usually lead to felony charges. Felony charges can also arise from other circumstances, and they can have significant consequences.
Do not attempt to defend yourself in a drunk driving case. At the same time, don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to produce a positive outcome for your case. Your very best strategy when fighting a drunk driving charge is to hire an experienced attorney.
An aggressive attorney will fight for your rights and freedoms. DUI convictions can lead to a number of consequences, including jail time, fines, driving restrictions, driver retraining, expensive interlock devices and more. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney to fight for you, and don’t go it alone.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI case.
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