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Jury Deadlocks in Distracted Driving Trial

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on May 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in Los Angeles, Murder, Orange County, Vehicular Manslaughter

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san juan capistrano criminal defense attorneyA woman accused of killing a 23-year-old while texting and driving on the 405 Freeway may get a new trial.

Police say 29-year-old Jorene Nicolas was distracted while she was driving—so much so that she didn’t realize the car in front of her had stopped, and plowed into it going 80 miles per hour. Investigators have not been able to prove that texting was the cause of the accident, but the victim’s parents contend that it was.

Police arrested Nicolas and held her on $100,000 bond, charging her with vehicular manslaughter. At trial, the defense argued that the victim’s taillights were not working at the time of the crash, or that she had swerved in front of Nicolas. The jury deliberated for 16 hours before coming back deadlocked.

The prosecution in the case has requested a new trial, a conference for which has been set for May 16. Nicolas faces up to six years if convicted.

In California, vehicular manslaughter can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The charge depends on the facts of your case and your criminal history, if you have one. The penalty for vehicular manslaughter is one year in county jail. If convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter, you face two to ten years in state prison.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.

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