Criminal Vehicular Homicide Lawyer Minneapolis
Criminal vehicular homicide is the act of causing someone’s death while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. This crime is classified as a felony, which means the penalties are very serious and can impact a person for the rest of their life.
However, there is hope in these cases. Whether the charges are legitimate or not, F.T. Sessoms has a great deal of experience with the all types of homicide cases, including criminal vehicular homicide. A lot of times, there are factors present in the case that enable a reduction in charges or dismissal of the case.
Identifying The Facts In Your Case
Homicide cases involving vehicles can be quite complicated. There are witness statements and other pieces of evidence that need to be evaluated. Sometimes what is charged as criminal vehicular homicide is not homicide at all. It is very important that a Minneapolis & St. Paul criminal defense lawyer reveals the facts so that the best conclusion in the case can be secured.
As for what leads to a charge of criminal vehicular homicide, law enforcement sees that one of the following conditions may exist:
- The driver drove in a grossly negligent manner
- The driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving in a grossly negligent manner
- The driver leaves the accident
- The driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more
- The person was knowingly under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving in a negligent manner
If any of the above is believed to be true, then the criminal vehicular homicide can result, but it may be found later through the help of an experienced attorney that none of the above are true and this can result in a better ending to the case.
Quality Criminal Vehicular Homicide Representation
If convicted of criminal vehicular homicide, the penalties are very serious. The exact penalty will depend on the facts of the incident. This is a statute that only applies when the driver is not able to be charged with manslaughter or premeditated murder. However, the penalty can be up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. This is in addition to the mark on a person’s criminal record that can cause difficulty getting a job, finding a place to live, and being able to carry out some of life’s most basic tasks. This is why it is important to fight the charges rather than simply accept them.
Contact A Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal vehicular homicide is the act of killing one person while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. This is a charge that can commonly occur in conjunction with distracted driving accidents and drunk driving. The consequences can be very serious and that is why a highly experienced criminal defense attorney is needed to provide aggressive representation that can secure the best possible result.
To learn more about your rights and options, contact me, F.T. Sessoms, at 612-344-1505 and request a consultation as I would be happy to discuss your case with you.