If you were drunk driving and caused the death of another individual in Oklahoma, you can be charged with manslaughter. Since the consequences of being convicted of a manslaughter are quite severe, it is imperative to obtain experienced legal representation from a qualified criminal defense attorney.
At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, we have helped a countless number of clients get the most favorable outcomes possible. As a former police officer, our Tulsa DUI lawyer has a thorough understanding of law enforcement conduct and procedures, as well as the intricacies of the legal system, in order to develop an effective and personalized defense strategy just for you.
In Oklahoma, killing another individual while drunk driving is considered a first-degree manslaughter. For the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant is guilty of a DUI manslaughter, they must establish that a death was the result of behavior that constituted a misdemeanor and the defendant was, in fact, committing the misdemeanor when the death occurred.
A first-degree manslaughter conviction is considered a felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from four to life. However, if the defendant already had a DUI conviction or deferred sentence on a DUI within the previous 10 years before the new charge, he or she can be charged with second-degree murder. Second-degree murder is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 10 years to life.
Whether you are facing first-degree manslaughter or second-degree murder, you have a right to an attorney that can help protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. Our Tulsa criminal defense lawyers can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options to get your life back on track. Let us fight for you immediately.