Billy Lane, the celebrity motorcycle designer and builder, was sentenced to six years of prison for his DUI manslaughter conviction. Lane fatally struck and killed Gerald Morelock who was driving his motorcycle when Morelock and Lane’s pickup truck collided.
Lane had over two times the legal limit. The legal limit in Florida is the same as for a Los Angeles DUI. In California, as in most states, the legal limit is .08% alcohol by weight. Once you have crossed over this threshold and are driving, then you are presumptively driving under the influence.
Lane faced up to nine years in prison as part of his plea deal with prosecutors. The judge exercised his discretion and sentenced Lane to six years for his DUI vehicular homicide.
In California, if you are convicted of a felony DUI, you can be sent to prison. There are several different crimes that will lead to a felony DUI charge. First, having four California DUI convictions within 10 years. Second, if you have an accident while driving under the influence and someone is seriously hurt, and third, if a person is killed during the commission of a DUI.
As soon as you are arrested or charged with a DUI, it is important to immediately hire a pre-filing DUI criminal defense attorney. Your attorney will be able to gather evidence quickly and efficiently to protect your rights before the prosecutor files criminal charges.
If you have been investigated, arrested or charged with the crime of driving under the influence in Los Angeles or you have been charged with felony DUI driving under the influence in Southern California, please contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut for 24/7 assistance by phone at (323) 464-6453 or toll free at (888) 334-6344 or online.