A Ventura County jury found a man guilty of second-degree murder for his role in a Camarillo hit-and-run. According to prosecutors, the suspect struck and killed a pedestrian in a crosswalk, then drove away.
In addition to the second-degree murder charge, the jury also found the man guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Jurors also returned a guilty verdict on a felony hit-and-run charge, and driving on a suspended license.
The suspect had two prior convictions for DUI. According to prosecutors, the man became intoxicated at a Camarillo home, then drove away. He collided with the pedestrian and then crashed into a parked car. The man attempted to leave the scene, but neighbors and witnesses held him until police arrived. Police measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.17, more than twice California’s legal limit.
The man faces as much as 20 years to life in prison. He will return to court for sentencing on December 12.
Camarillo murder lawyer
This case illustrates the seriousness of driving drunk. As a result of his behavior, a person is dead and the driver faced murder charges. When you’re accused of killing someone, hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He knows what it takes to defend his clients successfully in court. Murder cases are highly emotional, and judges are not likely to be sympathetic to defendants. That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for your rights.
A homicide conviction in California can lead to a life sentence. Your attorney needs to fight aggressively to ensure that you receive a fair trial. Mr. Helfend will examine all of the evidence against you carefully and fight to exclude evidence that was improperly collected or presented.
Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.
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