The Consequences for Vehicular-, Alcohol- and Drug-Related Crimes Are Severe and These Cases Require a Highly Skilled Level of Defense
Paul Cramm: My name is Paul Cramm, I practice criminal defense law in the Kansas City area and today we’re going to discuss the different charges related to deaths arising from the operation of vehicle, vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter as well as involuntary manslaughter while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Interviewer: Why do you choose to take on these kinds of cases?
Paul Cramm: Well, I think it’s extremely important to provide the highest level of defense and representation in cases such as these. This is because the stakes are very high and clearly the outcome of the incident that has occurred is just terrible.
It’s a terrible situation for the people to be involved in. Certainly, not every action that occurs out on the highways is the result of criminal conduct. Many many auto accidents and sadly many auto fatalities arise from simple or ordinary negligence. There are no criminal charges that arise from an accident that occurs from simple or ordinary negligence.
I feel it’s important to provide very thorough and very aggressive defense in cases where someone may not be responsible at all for the accident. Someone may be involved in an accident that arises from simple or ordinary negligence, yet they are facing manslaughter or a homicide charge.
I think it’s important that those people receive the highest level of defense available.
Interviewer: How long have you been doing cases like this and how many cases, do you think you have handled?
Paul Cramm: I’ve been practicing exclusively criminal defense law for about 14 years now. I’ve handled in many cases involving loss of life and homicide and manslaughter charges, probably half a dozen cases of these in the last several years.
Probably three or four of which have actually gone to trial, so they are very difficult cases. Fortunately, you don’t see as many of these cases as some of the less serious cases. But, certainly I have handled my fair share of these.
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