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Pictured Above: Angel Alberto Cruz Perez. Source: Los Angeles Times

Angel Alberto Cruz Perez is charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing bodily injury and hit-and-run with permanent injury or death. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving without a license. These charges stem from an incident last week in which Perez drank 24 bottles of beer at a restaurant with a friend before driving home. While driving, Perez hit a mother who was holding her one-year-old daughter and holding the hand of her two year-old-son. The two-year-old was killed and Perez was arrested. If he is convicted of all of his charges, he faces sixteen years in prison.

In order to be convicted of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, you must have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you must have negligently committed an unlawful act, or a lawful but dangerous act, and your negligence must have caused the death of another person. Depending on the facts, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony vehicular manslaughter charge. If convicted of a felony, you can be sentenced to jail or prison and be fined. If you are charged with driving under the influence or vehicular manslaughter, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you.

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