Motor Vehicle Homicide and Drunk Driving Accidents
Defense Attorneys in Omaha & Lincoln
Careless driving that results in someone’s death is normally charged
as a misdemeanor known as motor vehicle homicide. However, drunk driving
that results in a fatality is usually charged as manslaughter in the state
of Nebraska. Prior DUIs can trigger much more severe sentences.
You need an experienced and aggressive attorney who can attack the prosecution’s
case and position you to avoid a conviction or limit the punishment. The
criminal defense trial lawyers of the Berry Law Firm welcome the toughest
cases, including felony DUI.
Contact our Lincoln or Omaha law office today to discuss your situation.
Lincoln and Omaha DUI Vehicular Homicide Lawyers
Nebraska criminal statutes recognize three tiers of DUI violations resulting
in a motor vehicle crash:
- Serious bodily injury to another person — Class IIIA felony, punishable
by up to five years in jail
- Motor vehicle homicide (no prior DUI conviction) — Class III felony,
one to 20 years in jail, license revoked for one to 15 years
- Motor vehicle homicide (with prior DUI conviction) — Class II felony,
one to 50 years in jail, license revoked for 15 years
DUI defense attorneys have extensive experience in felony DUI cases, including motor vehicle
homicide (“DUI manslaughter”). We excel at
challenging the evidence of the underlying drunk driving charge. If we succeed in dismissing the
DUI element, it may be possible to knock the charges down to a Class I
misdemeanor of unintentional death while operating a motor vehicle in
violation of law.
We also carefully examine the accident investigation and explore the careless
or reckless conduct of the other driver, and whether our client’s
alleged intoxication was even a factor in the crash. Our legal team exhausts
every possible defense to avoid the devastating consequences of a conviction
for motor vehicle homicide. Often accident reconstruction experts are
needed to effectively challenge the government’s version of what
actually caused the accident.
Nebraska Defense Attorneys for Alcohol-Related Accidents
Call our DUI manslaughter defense lawyers at (402) 817-6550 or
contact us online. Our defense firm has offices in both Omaha & Lincoln.