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Understanding Vehicular Homicide Defense in California

Understanding Vehicular Homicide Defense in California

The word “homicide” carries extremely negative connotations along with it and for very good reason. As defined by law, an act of homicide occurs when one person takes another person’s life, and it is often difficult to imagine a more horrendous crime. Of course, not all homicides are committed with intent, particularly those which are caused by an intoxicated driver. The factors that go into each case can be numerous, generally requiring the knowledge of a highly skilled and qualified California criminal defense attorney. Mens Rea For a defendant to be convicted of homicide, the prosecution must be able to establish an intent to kill, or mens rea. Individuals who have accidentally killed another person while driving under the influence will typically face the lesser charge of vehicular manslaughter, granted that they have never been convicted of a DUI. Nowadays, however, once a person has a DUI or similar charge on [...]