Washington law defines vehicular homicide as “causing the death of another person while driving a car under the influence of alcohol or any drug, or driving a car in a reckless manner, or driving a car with disregard for the safety of others.” You can be charged with vehicular homicide regardless of whether the accident causes the death of someone in your vehicle, another person’s vehicle or a pedestrian. The consequences for being charged and convicted with vehicular homicide are serious and should not be taken lightly. If you have been charged with vehicular homicide, you need the expertise of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who is committed to providing you with a zealous defense to help get the charges against you dismissed or reduced.
Penalties For Vehicular Homicide
There are a variety of possible penalties that are associated with vehicular homicide charges, some of which are based on the circumstances surrounding the homicide:
- Prison time that is calculated based on the seriousness of the crime (whether the homicide was due to a DUI, reckless driving or the disregard for the safety of others).
- Heavy fines
- Loss of driver’s license
- Increased auto insurance premiums
- Loss of auto insurance
- Mark on criminal record
- Mark on driving record
The Law Offices of Greene & Lloyd, PLLC has a proven success record in defending against a vehicular homicide charge and will use that experience to increase the likelihood that these charges will have the minimum impact on your life. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss the charges that have been levied against you. We can help.