Florida DUI defense attorney Malcolm Anthony understands that in the state of Florida, DUI manslaughter is a serious crime that carries with it potentially life-altering consequences.
Recently, 19-year old Sherman Morris was charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide for allegedly causing the deaths of 57-year old Anthony Jacobs, and 41-year old Selina Tobler. According to police records, Morris was driving 75 mph in a 45 mph speed limit zone when he crashed into a bus stop, hitting the two victims. Morris was found to have a BAC above the legal limit and marijuana in his bloodstream. (source: http://www.news4jax.com)
Interestingly, the area where the accident occurred is the same stretch of road where 5 other pedestrians have recently been killed. The stretch of highway is so deadly that a coalition had been formed to investigate why there are so many pedestrian fatalities on the highway referred to as a “Kill Zone” by Coalition organizer Ben Frazier. The highway in question is on New Kings Road, between Interstate 295 and Edgewood Avenue where there are no crosswalks, sidewalks or shoulders. Surely these facts will play a major role in the case.
Being convicted in Florida of DUI manslaughter carries with it a four-year mandatory minimum jail sentence. The length of the sentence varies a great deal depending on a host of factors, the most important of which is the defendant’s criminal history. Other factors that come into play are the skill of the criminal defense attorney, the circumstances surrounding the accident, and the age of the defendant. A skilled Florida DUI criminal defense attorney can make the argument that a 19-year old with only a year or two of driving and “life experience” and no prior criminal history, should be offered more leniency by a judge than a person who has a lengthy criminal history including one or two prior DUI convictions. If the defendant is remorseful and the relatives of the victim are forgiving, a judge could lean toward a lighter sentencing.
Just because you are charged with a DUI, even DUI manslaughter does not mean you are guilty. If anything, the more serious charge puts more pressure on the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. As always the burden of proof is squarely on the shoulders of the prosecution. The defendant will be fighting for his/her freedom and is entitled to the most comprehensive and aggressive defense possible including having the case thrown out of court or settled for lesser charges.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI or DUI manslaughter you will be in a fight for your freedom and need a knowledgeable and experienced DUI criminal defense attorney on your side. Malcolm Anthony has a high success rate and has a long-running relationship with St. Johns and Duval county law enforcement and court systems. Call Florida DUI defense attorney Malcolm Anthony to aggressively defend your rights.