When a person dies in Clearwater as the result of a DUI, the consequences are very severe and life-altering. A person convicted of a DUI in which a death occurred is guilty of DUI Manslaughter, a second degree felony. As a result of the DUI conviction, you will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 4 years in Florida State Prison, facing the possibility of up to 15 years of imprisonment. You can also be fined up to $10,000.00 and your license will be revoked permanently. If this is your first DUI offense, you may be eligible for a hardship license after 5 years once you have completed DUI School through the Suncoast Safety Council. If you knew or should have known that a crash occurred and you failed to stop, give information and render aid, the consequences become more severe. You will be convicted of a first degree felony and could face up to 30 years incarceration as a result of these actions.
DUI Manslaughter cases are very complex. The State must prove that not only were you impaired at the time of the accident, but also that your actions caused the death of another person. To try to prove impairment, the Police can forcibly obtain a blood sample from you, which will then be tested for its blood alcohol level or presence of a chemical substance. If the State Attorney is satisfied that the blood sample demonstrates impairment, an arrest warrant will be placed. If you are faced with this situation, you need an experienced attorney who will fiercely fight for your cause. Call our office immediately at 727-222-3610. We are here to help.