Vehicular homicide, also known as vehicular manslaughter, is defined as the reckless killing of another person by the operation of an automobile, airplane, motorboat or other motor vehicle. To be charged with vehicular manslaughter, a person must have acted in a manner which created substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury, had been illegally drag racing, or had been intoxicated from alcohol or drugs at the time of the fatal collision. Though vehicular homicide charges generally do not involve malicious intent on the part of the driver responsible, they are still classified as class C & B felonies and can be met with significant penalties upon conviction.
Penalties for vehicular homicide in Tennessee may include:
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A person's vehicular homicide charges may be increased if an "aggravating" factor is present in the case, such as a very high intoxication level or a prior criminal history. A person who possesses two or more convictions for DUI, vehicular assault, or vehicular manslaughter will likely be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, as will a person who is found with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .20% at the time of the accident.
Aggravated vehicular homicide is a Class A felony and can carry the following penalties:
There are few things more frightening than being charged with a crime, especially one as serious as vehicular homicide. With the help of a Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney from Parkerson Santel, PLLC, your charges may be reduced significantly, if not eliminated outright. Each attorney with the firm is committed to working closely with his clients in fighting against their criminal charges. We understand the strategies necessary to protect your rights and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your situation.
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