When a car accident leads to death, you can be charged with criminal vehicular homicide. This is a very serious charge that can have a lasting impact on your life well after you have served your sentence. If you are facing vehicular homicide charges in Minnesota, you need an experienced defense attorney to build your case.
Understanding Criminal Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide charges can be leveled against anyone involved in a car accident that led to a death. There does not need to be any intent to hurt, or kill, someone. Rather, the charges take into account any negligence or recklessness that may have led to the death. No matter what you were doing when you were driving, if you cause an accident that leads to death, you will likely face very serious charges. Criminal vehicular homicide is a felony, which means the penalties are typically very harsh.
The exact penalty you face in a criminal vehicular homicide case will depend on the circumstances of the accident. Factors that may lead to vehicular homicide charges include:
- Excessive speeding;
- Running a traffic light or violating another traffic law;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Aggressive driving;
- Distracted driving, including driving while texting;
- An accident that causes a death within a construction zone; or
- Leaving the scene of the accident and failing to help an injured person who later dies.
If there is reason to believe that an accident was caused by your negligence or recklessness, then you can face the maximum penalty for vehicular homicide. These cases are typically referred to as “gross negligence,” and a conviction can lead to long jail time, large fines, and the loss of your license.
Vehicular Homicide Lawyer
When you are involved in a car accident that leads to the death of one or more persons, you need an attorney on your side. With the right defense lawyer, you can have your vehicular homicide charges reduced – or even dropped. Your attorney will work hard to prove that you did not display negligence while driving. Even in situations where you may have been doing nothing wrong behind the wheel, you can still face vehicular homicide charges. Only an experienced defense attorney can help you battle these false charges.
As soon as you are involved in a motor vehicle accident that causes a death, you should contact a qualified lawyer. Don’t wait until you are arrested, or charges are filed. The sooner you can start building your case, the better off you will be. Your attorney will put together a solid case using evidence, eyewitness interviews, and even your past driving record.
Always A Free Consultation
If have been charged with criminal vehicular homicide, then you need us on your side. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we have experienced attorneys who will work hard to help you get the best possible outcome. We can defend your case anywhere in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area – and beyond, regardless of guilt or innocence. We never cast judgment on you, and we always help you fight for the best result. Don’t let a vehicular homicide charge affect the rest of your life. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our free online consultation form.