Orlando Vehicular Homicide Lawyers

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Car accidents sometimes tragically result in a fatality. While this outcome is nearly always accidental, if you’ve caused the death of another in a crash, you may be facing a charge of vehicular homicide.

Vehicular homicide is a category of violent crime, and a conviction comes with felony charges and a long prison sentence. When you need an Orlando vehicular homicide lawyer to fight your charges and protect your freedom, Panella Law Firm can help.

Lawyer Mike Panella

Panella Law Firm Fights Against the Odds

The Best Measure of Success: Client Gratitude

Michael Panella is a vehicular homicide attorney in Orlando who aggressively fights for justice for his clients. When people become victims of unfair legal proceedings, they need an attorney who can advocate for their rights and restore their freedom.

Panella Law Firm knows that, to our clients, the most important feature in an attorney is a history of successful results. Attorney Michael Panella has an impressive record of success with vehicular homicide cases.

Client Testimonial for Panella Law Firm

When the justice system failed a woman charged with vehicular homicide, she watched her chances for freedom dwindle. Realizing she needed to act promptly to save herself, she parted ways with her former legal representation and asked Panella Law Firm to save her from a hopeless situation.

Here’s what she has to say about the representation she received from Michael Panella:

“They’ve fully proved that they’ll do whatever is necessary to get you the best possible outcome! They’ve continued to amaze me with their dedication, prudence, and all-around determination to unbury me! This has been, without a doubt, the most confusing, tragic, terrifying, and life-altering situation . . . . The hardest decision I had to make when all of this happened was, what stranger do I entrust my life with? . . . Should you find yourself in an unfortunate legal situation, hiring anybody but Panella Law Firm could mean risking your life!”

Inexperienced legal representation nearly cost this client her freedom. Attorney Michael Panella’s representation restored her future and saved her from a lengthy prison sentence.

If you need a lawyer for vehicular homicide charges, Panella Law Firm can help. Call 407-233-1822 to schedule a free consultation.

How Can a Vehicular Homicide Defense Lawyer Help?

Vehicular homicide cases are complicated, and convictions come with life-altering sentences. A vehicular homicide defense lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident and work to form an argument aimed at reducing the charges you’re facing.

An Orlando vehicular homicide attorney may:

  • Use an accident reconstruction specialist
  • Suppress or challenge evidence
  • Speak with witnesses
  • Look for procedural violations
  • Request independent blood testing
  • Consider medical reasons for defense.

A skilled Orlando vehicular homicide lawyer will consider all aspects of your case and find the area in which the strongest legal argument can be made in your defense. The results of successful litigation can range from reduced charges and sentencing time to being cleared of all charges.

Michael Panella has achieved this for clients in the past, and he may be able to do the same for you. Outcomes will depend on the specifics of your case, the types of charges you’re facing, and the factors that contributed to your accident.

Why Choose Us?

A Fierce Advocate for Justice, with Proven Results

Panella Law Firm combines a passion for justice with aggressive legal defense. When you face having your freedom stripped away, you need an attorney who will fight tirelessly for a fair outcome.

We fiercely advocate for the best possible result for every client. The success of Panella Law Firm’s representation is demonstrated by grateful client reviews and a lengthy list of litigation results.

If you need a lawyer for vehicular homicide charges in Orlando, Attorney Michael Panella can help. He has restored the freedom of many clients facing serious charges, and he may be able to do the same for you.

Call Panella Law Firm at 407-233-1822 to schedule a free consultation and discuss a plan for your defense with a dedicated lawyer for vehicular homicide charges.

What Are the Penalties for Vehicular Homicide In Orlando, FL?

Serious Fines and Prison Time Accompany a Vehicular Homicide Conviction

When a driver is charged with vehicular homicide, the penalty in Florida is severe. The typical charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine per count.

If a driver caused an accident that resulted in a death and then left the scene of the accident, the penalties are even steeper. In this case, the driver can expect to be charged with a first-degree felony, up to $10,000 in fines, and a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

DUI Manslaughter

When the driver in a vehicular homicide case was driving under the influence, penalties are roughly the same as in other vehicular homicide cases. Vehicular homicide alone can result in up to $10,000 in fines and up to 15 years in prison, while hit-and-run vehicular homicide can bring 30 years in prison.

However, DUI manslaughter can come with additional penalties, including:

  • Impounded vehicle
  • Revoked driver’s license
  • Mandated substance abuse classes
  • Community service
  • Psychological evaluation
  • An order to attend rehab.

Personal history also makes a difference in the outcome of any vehicular homicide case. If you have a history of prior felonies, you’ll likely be facing a longer prison sentence.

Frequently Asked Questions for Our Vehicular Homicide Defense Lawyers

Common Questions About Vehicular Homicide Charges

  • What is the usual sentence for vehicular homicide?

    The maximum sentence for vehicular homicide in Florida is up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. If you left the scene of the accident, the sentencing increases to up to 30 years in prison.

    Whether you are likely to be sentenced to the maximum penalty or a shorter duration will depend on the specifics of the accident and the type of negligence you displayed while driving.

  • What is considered vehicular homicide?

    Vehicular homicide is the felony charge someone receives when their “reckless” driving results in the death of another person. A vehicular homicide charge is dependent on proof of “recklessness” which in this context can be rather complex. If an attorney can prove that your driving was not “reckless” at the time of the offense it’s possible to have a vehicular homicide charge dropped.

  • How much does an Orlando vehicular homicide defense lawyer cost?

    The cost of a defense lawyer can vary and will depend on factors specific to your case. The severity of your charges, the circumstances of the accident, and the type of investigation needed are all factors that can influence the cost.

    Typically, skilled and experienced defense lawyers cost more than those with less experience or fewer proven results. When you’re facing a prison sentence of 15 to 30 years, you can’t afford inexperienced or ineffective legal representation. The price you pay reflects the skill of the representation you’ll receive.

  • How long does a vehicular homicide case last?

    It can take a long time for a vehicular homicide case to resolve. It’s a serious charge, and the responsible driver faces many years in prison. Because the consequences are life-altering, it can take a year or longer for vehicular homicide proceedings to be resolved.

Get Help from Our Orlando Vehicular Homicide Lawyers

Panella Law Firm Successfully Overturns Vehicular Homicide Charges

When you’re facing a vehicular homicide charge, your freedom is on the line. You risk felony charges, fines, and many years of imprisonment. You need a vehicular homicide attorney in Orlando with a proven track record of successfully helping others with the same charges you’re facing.

Attorney Michael Panella has helped others regain their freedom in the face of a vehicular homicide charge, and he may be able to do the same for you. The sooner you involve an experienced vehicular homicide defense lawyer, the better your chances for success.

When your future is on the line, you can’t afford to wait. Your attorney needs to begin building a case for your defense now.

Call the Panella Law Firm today at 407-233-1822. Schedule a free consultation with us to discuss your charges and how to begin building a case in defense of your freedom.

Attorney Mike Panella

For Mike Panella, the concept of zealous advocacy developed at an early age – fueled by what he perceived to be an unjust resolution in a personal family legal matter. Mr. Panella would later attribute his passion to defend the rights of those who stand accused to those inequities in the legal system he observed, and considered unjust. Before opening Panella Law Firm, Mr. Panella served as an Assistant Public Defender for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office and worked hundreds of cases in both Brevard and Seminole Counties. Mr. Panella was undefeated at trial. [ Attorney Bio ]

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