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Orlando Motorcyclist Faces DUI Manslaughter Charge

The Orlando Sentinel reports that on September 24, 2013, an Orlando man was charged with DUI manslaughter for an accident where a passenger on his motorcycle died. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the motorcyclist was trying to pass a sedan when his passenger, a 46-year-old female, fell off and was struck by the sedan. His blood alcohol content (BAC) was said to be 0.184 during the accident, which is more than twice the legal limit.

In Florida, a DUI charge will usually be a misdemeanor, but if anyone is charged with DUI manslaughter, (also called vehicular homicide) they would be facing second degree felony charges and penalties. This could mean as much as 15 years in prison along with $10,000 in fines. These penalties escalate if you are further charged with leaving the scene of such an accident. This aggravated charge could entail 30 years in prison. There would also be a mandatory permanent license revocation (unless you qualify for a hardship license several years later). Having any such serious charge on your personal record could make it nearly impossible to move on after an accident. It is difficult for a convicted felon to find decent work and good housing.

Being in an accident is horrible enough. Getting charged for the disaster is even worse. When you face such severe charges, it is vital that you retain the defense that can protect your reputation as well as your freedom. If you find yourself in such dire straits, do not hesitate to contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. With the help of our committed and excellent Tampa DUI defense attorneys, you may be able to fight your charges and safeguard your future. You can get started on your case today when you call or when you fill out a free case evaluation.

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