Vehicular homicide, also called vehicular manslaughter, occurs when the driver kills another human being by operating a motor vehicle in a reckless manner likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another.
Unlike negligent driving, (tailgating, failing to yield) which subjects the person to civil liability, this is criminal driving conduct. It can result in incarceration and permanent revocation of your driver’s license. You can be convicted even if it was a complete accident and involved no drugs or alcohol.
Vehicular homicide in Stuart is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. It becomes a first degree felony if, at the time of the accident, the accused knew or should have known the accident occurred and failed to give information to a police officer or to render aid to those injured. A first degree felony can result in 30 years in prison.
Successfully defending someone accused of vehicular homicide in Stuart requires an attorney with extensive experience in vehicular homicide cases, such as The Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard.
It begins with investigating every aspect of the accident.
The State must prove that the person was driving recklessly and that reckless driving led to the accident. At The Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard, we will challenge that allegation. We will look at issues such as lack of negligence, insufficient evidence and factors outside of the accused’s control such as a pothole in the road, defective car parts or the action of other parties. In other words, we will do whatever we can to show a break in the “chain of causation.”
Our goal, even before going to trial, is to seek an agreement with the prosecutor to reduce or drop the charges.
Because the repercussions of a conviction for vehicular manslaughter can impact the rest of your life, it is crucial you engage the services of an experienced Stuart criminal attorney immediately.
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