Accused of causing a fatal accident while driving under the influence? We will fight for you as your DUI defense attorney.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is always dangerous. With dulled reflexes and impaired judgement, drivers risk causing injury to themselves or others. If you have previous DUI convictions in your past, you will have been warned of this danger, either with a Watson admonition or during DUI school.
After being warned of the danger of DUI, any new DUI accidents that you may have will be treated very harshly under the law. If you cause a fatal accident while under the influence, you can actually be charged with a DUI murder or “Watson murder” and prosecuted under California’s murder statute.
DUI murder cases are prosecuted very aggressively, so it is important to have an equally aggressive DUI defense attorney like Perlmutter & Pourshalimi on your side.
Possible DUI Murder Defenses
There are three main defense strategies that can be used when defending against a charge for DUI murder.
First of all, your DUI murder defense attorney will consider the question of your impairment. If they can cast doubt on your impairment, you cannot be convicted of any kind of DUI, much less DUI murder. There are many different defenses for DUI, such as false positives on breathalyzer tests, mishandling of blood and breath samples, rising BAC, etc.
Next, the circumstances of the accident should be considered. If your DUI defense attorney can show that the accident was not your fault, you will not be liable for any resulting injuries or deaths.
Finally, your DUI defense lawyer may consider whether or not the charge can be reduced from DUI murder to a lesser charge like vehicular manslaughter. DUI murder requires malice aforethought, usually established with evidence showing the defendant was given a “Watson” admonition and/or required to attend DUI school after a prior DUI conviction. If this evidence can be challenged, the offense would not qualify as DUI murder.
Why Choose Perlmutter & Pourshalimi as Your DUI Murder Defense Attorney
At Perlmutter & Pourshalimi, we never take the easy way out when it comes to our clients’ defense. Instead of immediately seeking a plea deal in almost every case as so many attorneys do, we work hard to build a strong courtroom defense as our first priority. We are former prosecutors with ample courtroom experience so we know how prosecutors think and how to beat them in court. If seeking a plea deal really is in your best interests, we will make sure you receive the most advantageous possible deal, including the least possible charge and penalties.
Call Now to Start Building Your Defense
If you’ve been accused of a DUI murder, it may feel like everyone has already judged you and given up. But at Perlmutter & Pourshalimi, we will not give up on you or your case. You can rely on us for caring, respectful, and effective representation. To learn more about hiring us as your DUI murder defense attorney, please call 310-295-2236 now for a free confidential consultation.