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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:

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: 07-19-2016 10:18 AM PDT

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