In Arizona, a car accident can result in serious criminal charges if alcohol or drugs are involved and if someone was injured or killed. In some cases, speed alone can bring manslaughter or negligent homicide charges. Additionally, if a driver leaves the scene of a serious injury accident, additional felony charges can be brought as well.
In Arizona, vehicular aggravated assaults and manslaughter are viewed as seriously as shooting or killing someone with a handgun. In these cases, prosecutors treat vehicles as deadly weapons and use them to punish people with harsh prison sentences.
Vehicular crimes, such as manslaughter and aggravated assault, often occur due to:
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Negligent driving
- Reckless driving
- Intentional actions
After a serious or fatal accident in which a driver is suspected of using drugs or alcohol, the driver's blood is drawn, after the police get a search warrant, and the driver is sent on his or her way. Weeks if not months pass as prosecutors get their investigation together to file serious charges against the driver.
Recently, in 2014, our Phoenix criminal defense attorney at Jason D. Lamm Attorney at Law defended a client in a manslaughter case which her former attorney told her was "unwinnable." The former attorney told the client to accept the prosecutor's plea bargain to 14 years in prison.
After taking over the client's case, we retained experts and looked into issues that other "experienced" Phoenix criminal defense lawyers never even thought about and located evidence that showed that our client was innocent. In the end, the jury did not find our client guilty of any charge - manslaughter, negligent homicide, or endangerment.
When Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer to Represent Me?
The time to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney is immediately after the accident. We have found that getting to the scene of the accident before important evidence is destroyed, either by weather or routine traffic, is absolutely critical in establishing our own investigation and not waiting to begin a defense.
When charges are filed, it may already be too late. By early and aggressive involvement in an aggravated assault, manslaughter, or even a murder case, an experienced attorney can sometimes lessen the charges and work with the prosecutor to make sure that an arrest warrant is not issued in the event that charges are ever filed.
We blend courtroom and class experience to go the extra mile and defend our clients. We regularly retain experts in the areas of toxicology, mechanical engineering, traffic engineering, and accident reconstruction to provide the most aggressive defense.
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