In Washington State, vehicular homicide is defined as a driver hurting another person while operating and with a motor vehicle. A defendant can be charged with the crime within three years of the victim’s death. Another related criminal charge is called vehicular assault.
Assault is defined as an attempted battery. To be charged with assault, a defendant must cause a victim to believe they will be immediately harmed. For example, the victim may believe the defendant will hit them with a bat or their fist.
A vehicular assault charge occurs when a driver in numerous ways:
Vehicular homicide means the victim died within three years of the motor vehicle accident. A vehicular assault charge occurs when the victim suffered severe bodily injuries, but did not die due to the accident.
In Washington State, vehicular assault is charged as a class B felony.
The punishment for vehicular homicide in Washington State is up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.
Yes. It’s vital to speak a criminal lawyer about fighting your vehicular assault charge.
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