Woman Charged With DUI Manslaughter
An unfortunate vehicular collision resulted in the death of a 22-year old woman in downtown Miami. The woman was in the passenger side of a Smart vehicle. The person who may be at fault for the collision is facing charges for DUI manslaughter. Police arrested Mila Dago, 22, shortly after her recovery from critical condition following the accident. They charged her with one count of DUI manslaughter and two additional DUI charges. The judge set her bail at $20,000, which she has posted. She was also placed on house arrest so that she would not leave the state or the country before the court date.Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense in the state of Florida, even without an injury or death. The consequences for a first time DUI in Florida include up to nine months in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, a license suspension of up to one year, community service, vehicle impounds and more. Such penalties can render a person unable to drive or work for a long time. A person who is convicted of DUI alone would want to hire a Miami DUI defense lawyer to prevent some of the repercussions.
DUI manslaughter is a severe felony in the state of Florida. The minimum jail term for a person who is convicted of such a crime is four years. However, the culprit could receive up to 15 years behind bars. In addition to the lengthy jail term, the offender may also have to pay large fines. The family of the deceased party can also sue the person for personal injury, which could result in hundreds of thousands of dollars owed by the intoxicated driver. DUI manslaughter is a serious situation that no person should try to fight on his or her own. A Miami criminal defense lawyer can assist.
If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI or DUI manslaughter, the best course of action is to contact a Miami DUI Defense Lawyer for assistance. Such an attorney may be able to find an effective defense at best, or negotiate for a lesser sentence at worst. Kenneth Hassett has been involved in DUI cases for the past 20 years. His firm offers free consultations and around-the-clock assistance to people who need help. The number to the Miami firm is 305-567-1211. No one should ever face a DUI manslaughter charge alone. Call today for a consultation.