June 2017 Newsletter
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How An Underage DUI Can Affect Your Child's Life
Peer pressure is something we have all dealt with, and never more so than in our teen years. What to wear, where to go, who to hang out with, and especially, how to be "cool."

Decision-making in teenagers has often not matured to the same level as that of adults, and teens can often find themselves easily swayed by the actions of others. Combining this with the images shared on social media has the potential to find even the best-behaved kids agreeing to do things they know they should not, and that can find them facing consequences like an underage DUI.

An underage DUI is not just a slap on the wrist. Charges can be brought for all possible offenses associated with a DUI. If the blood alcohol level is high enough, charges for a DUI may be filed, and there could be potential consequences of jail time and a permanent mark on the driver's record. For an underage driver, there is no tolerance for any alcohol and a DUI can be charged.

The experience of getting a DUI can shape the course of a teenager's life for years into the future. Colleges usually ask on entrance applications whether the applicant has been convicted of any crime, and a DUI must be disclosed. Employers will also ask when they are legally allowed to do so. These are points that can shape one's life, and having to answer "yes" can find a promising future changing course and doors of opportunity that were once open being shut.

As a parent, the best thing you can do for your child facing a DUI charge is to get the help of an experienced DUI attorney. Someone who has experience defending these cases can help make the difference between a criminal conviction and a lesser result or even an acquittal. Keep the doors of opportunity open for your child and find help today.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Virginia Landry can help clear your child's name. We are experienced in representing persons charged with DUI in and around Orange County, California.  Call our office at 877.384.7833 (877.DUI.Queen) or visit our website at www.duiqueen.com to get started. 
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What You Need to Know If You Are Arrested For Vehicular Manslaughter
Imagine this scenario: You were nervous when deciding to drive the car without getting the recommended work done, but taking the bus for the next week was a big inconvenience while the car gets through repairs, not to mention the cost for the repairs. You have a few friends who like working on cars - you will ask one of them to help take care of it in a couple of days, but for now, you need to get to work.

You look down to check a text message on your phone, and when you look up, you realize the light has phased to red. With your faulty brakes, you cannot stop yourself from careening into the intersection. The bicyclist never saw you coming. When you slowly drag yourself out from the car, you realize that he isn't moving. The decision to wait and fix the brakes has just cost someone their life.

Vehicular manslaughter is a serious crime. Although there was never an intension for anyone to die as a result, unfortunately, it has happened. Now, on top of having to figure out how to live with knowing someone has lost their life because of the choices made, you will be faced with criminal, and likely civil penalties as well.

The penalties that result from criminal charges for vehicular manslaughter depend in part on the level of negligence that the driver is found to have applied in the decision-making leading up to the fatal accident. Negligence is the failure to apply the level of care that an ordinary individual is expected to apply in the same situation. The negligence can be ordinary, or it can be a higher level of negligence and be found to be gross negligence. The level of negligence defines the level of the crime: misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter versus gross vehicular manslaughter.

Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter

When someone is faced with a sudden and unexpected emergency situation, he or she is expected to behave in a manner using the care and judgment that an ordinary person would apply in the same situation. Not applying that same level of care and judgment is ordinary negligence. In the case of vehicular manslaughter, when that failure of judgment occurs and it causes the death of another person, a person can be found guilty of ordinary negligence and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

Gross Vehicular Manslaughter

Gross negligence is more extreme than ordinary negligence. It occurs when someone acts recklessly with a high risk of death or grave bodily injury, and where a reasonable person would have been aware their actions created such a risk. It involves more than just inattention or mistake.

In both cases, it must be shown that the driver was negligent and that the driver's actions caused the death of another person.

Vehicular manslaughter is a serious situation. If you are faced with such an overwhelming situation, you need the help of an experienced attorney to help get you the best result possible. At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, our Orange County defense attorneys work every day to defend those charged with crimes, and they will protect your constitutional rights. For more information about California criminal proceedings visit www.orangecountycriminallaw.com. To set up a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, call 866.902.6880 today.
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Virginia Landry

Virginia L. Landry received her undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University in 1982. She then went on to pursue her law degree from Western State University, graduating in 1988. The following year, Ms. Landry opened her own Law Office. As a nationally recognized Board Certified DUI Defense Attorney Specialist, Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Virginia L. Landry, is able to practice law within all the California state courts and the Central District Court of the United States.


As a criminal defense lawyer with years of litigation and trial experience, Ms. Landry is fully prepared to handle criminal cases involving violent crimes, white collar crimes, theft crimes, sex crimes, juvenile crimes, drug crimes, weapons charges, and domestic violence. Attorney Landry has successfully represented clients facing a variety of complex misdemeanor and felony charges.

In addition to her current position as Regent for the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), Virginia serves on the Board of Directors for the California DUI Lawyers Association  as its Secretary. Virginia is one of only a handful of attorneys across the nation who is Board Certified in DUI Defense. She has also received her  certificate of instruction , successfully training participants in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student and Instructor courses.


Virginia Landry served on two committees and was on the Orange County Bar Association's Board of Directors for three years, is a past President and current member of the West Orange County Bar Association, is currently a Sustaining Member for the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers serving as Co-Chair of the DUI / DWI Committee. Other local bar associations include the North Orange County Bar Association, The Newport Harbor Bar Association, the South Harbor Bar Association, the Western State University Alumni Association and the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association.