I'm working on a prison story and I want the crimes of my characters and their punishments to be realistic. I also want to keep the location somewhat ambiguous and I know some laws change state to state. How much time could you get for vehicular manslaughter? What kind of deal could you get if you wanted to avoid a trial? What if the driver was drunk? I assume that could make things much worse. And now I am wondering if drunk driving is too cliche. One of the other characters has been in and out of jail for much of his life. What are some interesting petty crimes that could result in that? And then I have a character who is locked up for a year or two. I want it to be a somewhat milder crime, maybe something that you wouldn't think had the potential of landing you in jail. The story is already written, but I'm rethinking my crimes and punishments. I'm not really trusting myself and my googling research. It would be great if you guys want to help me out with this one.