Pasadena DUI Murder



The California Supreme Court allows prosecutors to file Pasadena DUI Murder charges pursuant to California Penal Code Section 187 in certain DUI cases in which another person dies. These cases are referred to as Pasadena Watson Murders after the case law which initially authorized this charge. Unlike Pasadena Vehicular Manslaughter charges under California Penal Code Section 191.5(b) and California Penal Code Section 191.5(a), Pasadena DUI murder is a second-degree murder charge and is punishable with 15 years to life in prison. These cases have become much more common and the prosecution is filing these charges on individuals who were simply in an accident and someone died.

To prove a Pasadena Watson Murder, the prosecution must establish that the driver in question committed an illegal act such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and that as a result of an accident someone is killed. The prosecution much prove that the driver deliberately performed the act of driving and knew of the inherent dangerous nature of the act and that this person consciously disregarded the risk to human life.

Pasadena DUI Murder charges are typically only sought in cases where the driver had either a prior DUI or had taken a driving school in which the prosecution can prove that the driver had been made aware of the risks of drinking and driving and was subsequently involved in a fatal DUI accident.

To prove Pasadena DUI Murder, the prosecution must establish that the defendant driver understood the inherent risks of driving under the influence and then chose to ignore those risks and drive in this dangerous manner. The DUI can be a result of either driving in Pasadena under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

This is also referred to as “implied malice” murder. In these types of murder cases, the prosecution must prove that the defendant driver had the mental state and having a clear understanding of the risks of driving under of the influence, and then chose to drive under the influence anyways, which resulted in the death of another person.

This “knowledge” requirement has been made easier to prove by having every person convicted of DUI acknowledge on the record in open court (or sign a written acknowledgment) indicating that they understand the inherent risk to human life that impaired driving poses. This is commonly referred to as the “Watson advisement.”

There are several defenses to charges of Pasadena DUI murder, and if you or a loved one have been charged or are under investigation for this offense, it is critical that you contact a Pasadena DUI Murder attorney immediately. Pasadena DUI Murder Attorney Michael Kraut is highly experienced at handling charges of this nature, which can be very technical and require highly specialized knowledge and experience. The sooner Mr. Kraut has been retained, the sooner he can bring in his team of investigators and experts to reassess the prosecutor’s case and evidence. Mr. Kraut works closely with professionals who conduct accident reconstructions, review existing toxicology reports and perform independent toxicology analysis in order to mount a complete defense.

As a former deputy district attorney and senior trial prosecutor with over 14 years of prosecutorial experience, Mr. Kraut is highly regarded by prosecutors and law enforcement as a fierce defender of his clients’ rights, especially those charged with serious felonies such as Pasadena DUI Murder.

For more information about Pasadena DUI Murder, and to schedule your free consultation, contact Pasadena DUI Murder Attorney Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group located at 790 East Colorado Boulevard, 9th Floor, Pasadena, CA 91101. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 626-345-1899.

Share |
Client Reviews
Michael Kraut - I cannot thank you enough for all that you did for ​my son. When I came to you I read that you used to be a district attorney but I never knew how much that meant until I watch you in court. I knew it took 3 months but the final day when I heard the judge say that all charges were dismissed it was all worth it! I will always be grateful for all that you did for us.
I hired Attorney Mike Kraut and I'm am so happy and grateful that I did! I was arrested for a DUI because my BAC level was over the .08 limit. I ended up getting a wet and reckless instead of a DUI. I still have to do some classes and I'm on probation, but I do not have a DUI on my record. If you have a DUI hire Attorney Kraut, he definitely knows his stuff!
Avvo User
There aren't enough positive words to write about Mike, but let me be clear that this is the only lawyer worth hiring in Los Angeles. Mike is professional, caring, and an absolute champion at winning in court.
Kyle, Avvo User
Mike Kraut is not a typical lawyer. He is a straightforward person with a true heart and a sympathetic ear. He is also smart and connected and he cares about the people who seek out his help. He got my son out of a jam. He did it quickly and painlessly. I recommend Mike Kraut to anyone that needs his services.
Thank you Mike for helping my son.
Mark, Avvo User
Michael Kraut is a rock star lawyer. I was really happy and satisfied with the results I received from Michael and his team. A few months back I was being accused of a serious felony. Mike gave me sound legal advice and worked diligently to clear my name. Mike was great at always keeping me updated and returning calls. Great, great lawyer I cant say enough about this man!
Eric, Google User
How can I express how relieved and pleased I am with Michael's professional abilities to have my Felony brought down to a misdameanor to a possible dismissal with deferment. With his care my life has been turned around and cannot say how helpful he's been not only in my case but life. He, himself has changed how I view criminal lawyers. Thank you so much Michael!
Owen, Google User
He gave me the peace of mind that my DUI case was going to be resolved. He fought for what it was needed and helped me by answering all my questions. Mike is not an average attorney. He’s a very experienced, honest and straightforward person that is there for you!
Eve Sal