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Vehicular Homicide

Any type of conveyance can be considered a weapon if the operator causes the death of another person due to gross negligence. This negligence may include drunk driving, speeding, or reckless driving. A charge of vehicular manslaughter may be entered by the prosecution (the State) if a human being was killed as the result of said negligence.

Most states separate manslaughter into two distinct categories: voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Florida does not. Under state law, any person who causes the death of another due to negligence can be charged with the crime. Therefore, a person who speeds and drives recklessly may be subject to the same fines and penalties as one who is driving under the influence of alcohol. DUI manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter (a charge that does not involve alcohol) are both second degree felonies in the Sunshine State. Motorists who are convicted of either crime will face a $10,000 fine and/or 15 years in state prison.

Though the possible penalties are the same, a charge of vehicular homicide is much harder to prove than one of DUI manslaughter. If the accused is tested and his blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit of 0.8, he may not have a leg to stand on. But proving that a driver was grossly negligent while completely sober is more difficult. The Law Firm of Evan H. Baron & Associates can help!

If you have been charged with vehicular homicide, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Even if you were not under the influence of alcohol, the charges and potential penalties are the same. Mr. Baron and his experienced team of criminal defense attorneys will review the facts of your case. They will talk to witnesses, interview police officers, and find out what really happened. Only then will they begin to prepare a solid defense strategy.

To speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney, please dial (954) 385-9160, or send us an email.