The Miami Herald reports that a 19-year old man will soon learn his punishment after he pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and other charges in a crash which killed a 45-year-old man.
On the day the young man's jury trial was to begin, he entered a guilty plea. This was an open plea to the court without an offer from the State.
The teen is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on January 27, 2011. Under Florida's state sentencing guidelines, he faces a minimum of nearly 14 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years, although his South Florida criminal defense attorney can request to sentence the young man below his guidelines. This is called a downward departure.
DUI manslaughter is a serious charge with harsh mandatory minimum penalties.
Don't plead guilty without first consulting with a criminal lawyer.
I represent clients in Miami-Dade and Broward. If you or a loved one are facing DUI manslaughter charges, call me to discuss your case.