If you’ve been accused of causing the death of another person while driving under the influence, this is no doubt an incredibly stressful time for you. Not only have you been through a terrible trauma, but also you may be terrified of what’s going to happen next. The good news is you do not have to face this difficult time alone. The McShane Firm is here to help.
Pennsylvania DUI Homicide Penalties
When facing a DUI charge that involves the death of another person, you can be charged with the sentencing enhancement of Homicide. Sentencing enhancement is the technical term for the extra penalties the court can apply when an alleged DUI involves an accident, injury, or death. For DUI Homicide, these penalties are very severe.
In Pennsylvania, homicide is a second-degree felony. So you can be charged with one count of homicide for each person whom the court can prove died due to your driving under the influence. If convicted, you will face a minimum of three years in jail, with a maximum of 10 years behind bars, for each person who lost their life. You can also be fined up to $25,000 for every individual who died.
We’re Here to Help
When facing such severe punishment, it’s easy to give up hope. But don’t plead guilty just yet. We can help.
The highly-trained DUI lawyers of The McShane Firm will provide you the unbiased representation you deserve and will do everything possible to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your case. The DUI Homicide trial process can be very complicated. The aggressive DUI attorneys at The McShane Firm are experienced litigators with extensive courtroom experience and can make the trial process easier by standing up for you in court.
Emotions run high during DUI cases, and you can expect the State to work hard to convict you by calling several expert witnesses to prove your guilt and make the case that you deserve the harshest punishment the law allows.
An aggressive DUI lawyer from The McShane Firm can fight back, vigorously defending you against the charges. We employ a full team of experts, including accident re-constructionists and chemical test and substance abuse experts who will do everything in their power to provide you with the strongest defense possible. We have our own private detective on staff, and all of our attorneys have specialized DUI training equal or greater to that of Pennsylvania State Troopers. This unique combination of resources and training makes The McShane Firm your smartest choice.
If you’ve been accused of DUI Homicide, it is crucial that you talk to an experienced, aggressive DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. Contact us today for your free and confidential consultation. We’re ready to help shoulder your burden.