A Guide to Search Results for "California Manslaughter"
The search term "California manslaughter" is usually used by people who are looking for information about laws concerning the criminal offense of manslaughter in the State of California. As this search tool is directed to the topic of drunk driving, the search term as used here is most frequently used by people looking for information about California DUI laws or California drunk driving laws concerning "vehicular manslaughter". Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another human being, but not done with intent or malice. If it is accomplished with a motor vehicle, it is commonly called "vehicular manslaughter"; in some jurisdictions outside California it is just included under the more general term "involuntary manslaughter". The offense consists of (1) driving, (2) while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or alcohol and drugs, (3) resulting in the death of another human being, (4) caused by the driver's independent negligence or violation of a traffic law. The offense is a felony, that is, it is punishable by state prison rather than just a shorter county jail sentence. If the case is particularly blameworthy, the prosecutor may file second-degree murder charges; this offense does not require proof of premeditation or even intent , but does require proof of "malice" -- which can be inferred from evidence of a callous disregard for human life.
Vehicular manslaughter, then, is basically DUI with injury. The term "DUI" is a generic phrase which usually refers to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of the two. It is sometimes used interchangeably with such phrases as "drunk driving" or "DWI" (driving while intoxicated), though "DUI" is the most commonly employed term in California. In can also refer to the offense of so-called DUI "per se": driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .08% or higher. In most cases, an arrest will result in prosecution for both offenses.
Are you looking for information about vehicular manslaughter in California?
- California Penal Code section 191.5
The statute which defines the various grades of vehicular manslaughter in California, provided by the California DMV.
- Gross Vehicular Manslaughter
Description of California's Gross Vehicular Manslaughter law.
- Wikipedia - Vehicular Manslaughter
Wikipedia article that describes vehicular manslaughter.
Are you looking for information about "California DUI"?
An excellent general overview of California's DUI laws, police procedures, license suspensions, DUI lawyers, car insurance, etc.
Discussion of the laws in California relating to driving under the influence.
The Auto Club's summary of California's drunk driving laws.
The 20 questions most frequently asked by those arrested for DUI, from California attorney Lawrence Taylor.
- The Drunk
Driving Law Center
Very large website containing information on California DUI laws, police procedures, evidence, penalties, lawyers, blood-alcohol analysis, car insurance. Over 500 links.
Extensive legal information from the California attorney who wrote the standard textbook "Drunk Driving Defense, 5th edition".
Commentary on the defects, fallacies and Constitutional damage of the "war on drunk driving".
- DUI Manslaughter in California
Article that describes DUI Manslaughter laws in California.
Are you looking for legal information about DMV driver's license suspensions arising from a DUI arrest?
General overview of the laws in California concerning license suspensions imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Laws and Procedures
Excellent explanation of California's DUI license suspension laws and procedures, from lawyer Lawrence Taylor.
- DMV Driving Record
How to get a copy of your driving record from the California DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles).
- Vehicle Code
The California Vehicle Code statute governing license suspensions for drunk driving.
Are you looking for information about police procedures and/or blood and breath alcohol testing?
Good overview of police procedures and evidence in drunk driving investigations.
All about breath and blood alcohol consumption, metabolism and testing.
Extensive discussion about police evidence, from the Law Offices of Lawrence Taylor, including driving symptoms, personal appearance, field sobriety tests, breath testing and blood analysis.
- Online BAC Calculator
The "Drink Wheel": an online calculator to estimate your blood-alcohol level, from the manufacturers of the Intoximeter breath testing instrument.