Los Angeles is one of the most crowded metropolises in the world. People are driving around every day. There are many different accidents. More and more people are being charged with criminal conduct related to texting and driving.
What ends up happening is as they're texting, they end up in some horrible accident. I've seen a number of times when people have actually been held responsible for a death resulting from texting.
What the police do is they will grab the person's cell phone records and then they can see what time they were texting and then they can also grab video from lights and various businesses to see the time of the accident, and if the time of the accident and the time of the texting correspond, they have a pretty strong argument that the person was actually in the middle of texting when they caused an accident that resulted in the death of another.
This can cause them to be charged with involuntary manslaughter, which is basically negligence resulting in a death. This is criminal conduct and can be punished by – if charged as a felony – up to a year in jail.
If the person is reckless enough while texting or runs a red light or goes on the other side of the road and kills somebody, the crime can be upped to vehicular manslaughter which carries prison time and multiple years in prison.
The bottom line is, texting and driving is dangerous and can result in serious criminal consequences including loss of your license, loss of your freedom, loss of your reputation and loss of your rights as you know it for a long period of time while you serve out a prison sentence.
If you are charged with some sort of texting and driving offense, I encourage you to come in and meet with me. I've been handling these type of cases since they've come to fruition over the last five years or so and I've had good success in tilting the tide and giving your version of events and also showing the prosecutors, police and even the judge that there's another side to the story.
Our goal is to show that you're a good person, that you have a job, that you have a family – and that obviously, whatever happened was a tragedy but it was not completely your fault and therefore, you have a strong argument but no criminal liability should apply.
However, even if no criminal liability applies, certainly you could be sued by the family of the person that you killed for some sort of civil responsibility, and if criminal responsibility does apply, then you would have to pay restitution to the victim's family for any damages that you caused and for the loss of their loved one.
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So, if you're charged with the crime of texting and driving resulting in a death, I encourage you to give me a call. We can sit down in the privacy of my office and go over all the details of what happened and come up with a strategy and game plan that works for you to preserve your rights, your freedom, your reputation and your driving record.