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.
You will be charged with vehicular manslaughter if:
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.
The potential punishments for vehicular manslaughter may include:
The primary factors that will determine the consequences of vehicular manslaughter include:
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.
Last Modified: 07-19-2016 10:18 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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