Vehicular Manslaughter Defense Lawyers
Vehicular homicide is causing the death of another person through reckless driving. It is closely related to charges of driving while impaired because convictions for vehicular homicide usually depend on proving that the defendant was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. However, drinking and driving is not the only type of reckless action which leads to vehicular homicide. Driving recklessly and failing to obey the rules of the traffic safety can also lead to vehicular homicide. Also, driving with a suspended license, then causing an accident in which someone dies would also constitute vehicular homicide.
The degree of vehicular homicide – first degree, second degree or aggravated vehicular homicide – depends on the certain factors in the crime. For example, driving under the influence and causing the death of another person would be second degree vehicular manslaughter, a class D felony. Driving while under the influence of alcohol with a BAC greater than .18 would be either first degree vehicular manslaughter or aggravated vehicular homicide, both class C felonies. Other factors can influence the charges such as the number of persons who were seriously injured or lost their lives. It is vital if you have been charged with vehicular homicide to get a great criminal defense attorney to represent you. Fatal drunk driving accidents or pedestrian accidents require a skilled defense that has experience with both DWIs and violent felonies.
Since the cause of the accident is such a key part of a vehicular homicide trial, the criminal defense should perform their own investigation into the facts surrounding the incident. If the accident was unavoidable regardless of whether the defendant had their license suspended or made a traffic infraction, then that person should not be convicted of vehicular homicide. Private investigators who are trained and experienced in crash reconstruction can help to determine if the crash was avoidable or not. Investigations performed by the law enforcement look for incriminating evidence and may overlook important facts which point towards the defendant’s innocence.
Our criminal defense team is ready to investigate your crash and defend you against any charges of vehicular homicide. We will hold the prosecution to proving their allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. We will also defend our clients against related charges, such as DWI. Our firm is prepared to protect you against even the most serious types of vehicular manslaughter including:
- Accidents in which more than one person is killed
- Driving while under extreme impairment for drugs, alcohol or drugs and alcohol
- Accidents in which a pedestrian is killed
Vehicular manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide are serious criminal charges that can result in a long incarceration. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident were the death of at least one person occurred or if you have been formally charged for vehicular homicide contact our criminal defense attorneys immediately and get a free consultation on your case.