Vehicular homicide, usually referred to as vehicular manslaughter, is a type of negligent homicide. That means that the death was due to the negligent operation of the vehicle. Usually, the driver was committing an unlawful act while driving that was not a felony – for example, misdemeanor DUI or another form of reckless driving.
In the state of California, the charge you are facing may depend on the degree of recklessness and whether or not alcohol or other drug use was involved. There are several offenses that you could be facing under the category of vehicular homicide:
If you have been charged with vehicular homicide or any of its sub-categories in Fresno, you need qualified legal representation. Contact us today for your free and confidential consultation.
The prosecution is first trying to prove that you, the driver, committed a wrongful act at either the misdemeanor or felony level. Second, they must further prove that the wrongful act caused the collision and the victim’s death. In some cases, even a lawful act that might cause death can be considered grounds for a vehicular homicide or manslaughter charge.
Because vehicular manslaughter cases involve the death of a victim, they can be extremely complicated and time-consuming. Especially if you have a DUI conviction on your record and were intoxicated at the time of the collision, you may be facing harsher penalties. You need an experienced vehicular manslaughter attorney who will put forth the effort necessary to construct a thorough and personalized defense.
We understand that just because an individual was drinking, does not mean that s/he was legally impaired or “too drunk to drive.” Additionally, many times there are mitigating factors that the prosecution is not taking into account. These can include:
Our goal is to get a complete picture of the context surrounding the accident. If other factors contributing to the accident were outside of your control, we will use that information in your defense. You want the best possible outcome for your situation. If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter and want an experienced attorney to represent you, contact us as soon as possible.