Defense Lawyer Defending Against Charges of OWI or Reckless Driving Causing Death in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan
In Michigan, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs resulting in the death of another person may result in homicide charges. Those who drive while impaired often speed or otherwise drive in a reckless manner. Accidents are far more likely when an individual drives while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs; an accident resulting in the death of someone else could leave you facing accusations of negligent homicide. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan DUI defense team is highly skilled and capable of defending you against charges of negligent homicide. Our goal is to prevent a conviction, or have charges dismissed or reduced so that you can avoid the harsh criminal penalties associated with a drunk driving causing death offense.
Without the support and legal guidance of a capable lawyer, you may find yourself facing substantial fines and prison time among other penalties. Not only this, you will have a mark on your criminal record which will likely impact your career and employment opportunities, as well as other aspects of your life. We understand the stress and anxiety you face when accused of any crime, and are committed to obtaining the justice you deserve. Our Michigan negligent homicide OWI defense attorneys believe in a personal approach, keeping you informed throughout every stage of the criminal justice process. We work to obtain your desired results, using all of our intense knowledge, skill, experience, and dedication to secure a positive outcome.
Michigan Negligent Homicide Defense
Even if you were not speeding or driving in a reckless manner, you may still be charged with negligent homicide if it is determined that you were under the influence of an intoxicating substance when the accident resulting in another person's death occurred. When an accident takes place, police already have a reason to talk with you; this could lead to suspicion of DUI, in which case the officer will likely request that you submit to a breath or blood test. Do not answer any questions or provide information to police without first consulting with a criminal defense attorney at Grabel & Associates. In doing so, you may further incriminate yourself.
Negligent Homicide Criminal Penalties in Michigan
The penalties you will face if convicted of negligent homicide depend on several factors, including whether the accident causing the death of another person is a result of speeding or reckless driving, or whether alcohol played a role. When prosecutors charge you with drunk driving causing death, the penalties will be much more serious than those individuals face when alcohol is not a factor in the accident.
Negligent homicide is typically a misdemeanor offense, which will leave you facing fines of up to $2,000 and/or two years in prison if convicted according to Michigan Penal Code 750.324. If it is determined that alcohol was involved, you may be charged with OUIL causing death or manslaughter; you may also be charged with murder at the prosecutor's discretion. In this situation, the penalties you will face if convicted for OUIL causing death according to Michigan Vehicle Code Section 257.625 include up to 15 years in prison, 20 years if the accident resulting in the death of a highway or emergency worker.
As you can see, it is imperative that you obtain the legal guidance and support of a highly capable Michigan criminal defense lawyer immediately, as your future, freedom, and reputation hang in the balance.
Contact Grabel & Associates for Outstanding Defense in Your Negligent Homicide Case
Our negligent homicide defense attorneys take no shortcuts in developing an effective legal strategy for our clients. We will thoroughly review your case, keeping you informed at every stage of the process, and discussing possible legal strategies in order to reach your desired results. We understand that police and prosecutors make mistakes, and will use those mistakes to your advantage. We also realize that there are often times when people are falsely accused of crimes they did not commit. We will leave no stone unturned in our effort to prevent charges being filed, or to have charges dismissed or reduced in order to protect you from harsh criminal penalties.
We are available 24/7, so do not hesitate in securing one of Michigan's most highly regarded criminal defense firms. Call our toll free number immediately for a free evaluation of your case at 1-800-342-7896. Contact us online.