On July 25, after 10 hours of drinking, Jose Maria Olmos was very drunk. Nevertheless, he decided to drive Juan Garcia and Jose Guadalupe Vilchis home. Olmos was driving between 60-70 mph in a 30 mile zone when suddenly, his car flipped over. All three men were injured but Garcia had severe head trauma and died at the hospital a few hours later. When police arrived, Olmos has bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled like alcohol. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. If he is convicted of the crime, he will face a possible prison sentence of 11 years.
Olmos will need an experienced DUI defense attorney to look at his blood alcohol results to see if he was actually intoxicated. The attorney will also have to see if there were any other causes for the car accident (ie- bad road conditions, negligence of another driver). Lastly, the defense attorney will work to lower the charges and the sentence.
Regardless whether you live in Orange County, Los Angeles County or Riverside County, vehicular manslaughter caused by intoxication is a serious crime.
If you have any questions about driving under the influence, manslaughter or about your own charges, please call Orange County defense attorney William Weinberg, at 949.474.8009 (Irvine office) or 714.834.1400 (Orange office).