Vehicular Homicide Lawyer in Carmel
Defending Your Freedom in Westchester or Putnam County
When a car accident results in the death of another, particularly when drugs or alcohol were involved, it is possible for the driver to be charged with vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide. If you or a loved one is facing these charges, you should immediately contact a Carmel vehicular homicide lawyer.
In New York, all types of motor vehicles are considered vehicles for the purposes of these charges, including cars, boats, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, public vehicles, and commercial vehicles. The charges and penalties may vary according to the specifics of the situation but can be severe.
Vehicular Homicide & Manslaughter Charges
- Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree: An individual may be charged with this offense when the person is intoxicated or impaired and motor vehicle violations result in the death of another person. This charge is a Class D felony.
- Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree: This offense may be charged when an individual commits vehicular manslaughter in the second degree and has a BAC of .018% or higher, is driving with a suspended or revoked license in NY or another state, has previous conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol within the last 10 years, has a prior vehicular homicide, assault, or manslaughter conviction, causes the death of more than one person, or has a passenger that is 15 years old or younger. A conviction for this offense is a Class C felony.
- Aggravated Vehicular Homicide: This charge may be given when an individual is engaged in reckless driving, commits vehicular manslaughter and has one or more additional circumstances. These include a BAC of .18% or higher, driving with a suspended or revoked license in NY or another state, a previous conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both, a prior conviction for vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault, or vehicular homicide, causes the death of more than one person, causes one death and one or more serious injuries, or has a passenger in the vehicle that is age 15 or younger. This charge is a Class B felony.
Call a Vehicular Homicide Attorney
The penalties for vehicular homicide are serious and may include imprisonment of up to 25 years and large fines, depending on the severity of the charges. The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy boasts a dedicated Carmel vehicular homicide lawyer with experience representing clients facing serious charges. Do not plead guilty without discussing your options. Call the law firm for a free consultation.