DUI Charged as Watson Murder
In California, Watson murder is the most serious level of vehicular manslaughter
while intoxicated. This will be charged in circumstances where the intoxicated
driver has a former DUI on his or her record. Watson murder applies regardless
of the type of DUI on the defendant’s record. Get the help of our
DUI attorneys in Bakersfield immediately.
Why is it Called a “Watson Murder?”
The California Supreme Court case People v. Watson created the possibility of a
DUI offender who kills someone while driving to be convicted of second-degree murder.
Prosecution must prove the following to convict someone of Watson murder:
- Death resulted from an intentional act
- Consequences of that act are dangerous to human life
- You knowingly acted with conscious disregard to that fact
The reason you will be charged for Watson murder if you have a criminal
DUI background is that you had previously been read vehicle code §
23593. The judge will read to a DUI defendant this section and will discuss
the consequences of causing another’s death from drinking and driving.
When a defendant kills another on a subsequent DUI, he or she is assumed
to have already known about the consequences and acted negligently anyway.
Penalties for a Conviction in California
As a second-degree murder offense, the penalties will be severe and have
a great impact on your life. If convicted, you will be faced with a
prison sentence of 15 years to life.
After being arrested, our team at Campbell Whitten can get you the answers
and defense you need. You will need a team of dedicated and aggressive
Bakersfield DUI lawyers by your side. Do not try to face this fight alone.
Our team is available 24/7 to discuss possible defenses for your case.
Do not waste another minute!
Call us at once to investigate and build a case based on the errors of the prosecution!