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What Is Vehicular Manslaughter?
Vehicular manslaughter is the crime of unintentionally causing the death of a person due to illegal driving. Vehicular manslaughter can occur where there has been extreme carelessness, gross negligence, drunk driving, reckless driving, or speeding.
When Can I Be Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter?
You will be charged with vehicular manslaughter if:
- While driving you commit an unlawful act that does not amount to a felony, or you commit a lawful act that results in death.
- You commit an act while driving with either negligence or gross negligence and as a result of the act, somebody is killed.
Is Vehicular Manslaughter a Misdemeanor or Felony?
Depending upon the circumstances, vehicular manslaughter can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. In circumstances where the driver was speeding just a few miles over the speed limit, a court might find a misdemeanor. However, where the driver was driving under the influence, a court would most certainly find a felony. In some states like California if someone is killed as a result of your act and the act amounted to a felony, you could be charged with murder under the California Felony Murder Rule.
Consequences for Vehicular Manslaughter
The potential punishments for vehicular manslaughter may include:
- Probation or parole
- Loss of driving privileges
- Significant fines
The primary factors that will determine the consequences of vehicular manslaughter include:
- Prior convictions of the accused
- Currently on probation or parole
- Alcohol/drug related accident
- Degree of media attention
Should I Contact a Lawyer?
If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. A qualified lawyer familiar with your state laws will make sure that your rights are protected and will represent your best interests in court.
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Last Modified: 05-23-2014 10:39 AM PDT
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