Some DUI offenses involve no more than the driver of a vehicle being stopped by a police officer for driving erratically. Unfortunately, some DUI convictions are for offenses far more severe. These include what is known as vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter. This crime involves death that is a result of either driving while committing an unlawful act that is not a felony, or the negligent operation of a vehicle.
Most U.S. states have statutes that recognize a vehicle as a potentially deadly weapon. However, three states–including Arizona–do not have vehicular homicide statutes.
Penalties for vehicular manslaughter and vehicular homicide also vary by state. But whether the person facing the charge is a first-time offender or a repeat one, the crime is always regarded as a felony. Jail and/or prison time vary, but can often run more than 10 years, and in some cases even up to twenty.
Some cases of vehicular manslaughter are the result of accidents. Some are the result of DUI. If you are facing charges of vehicular manslaughter in Arizona, you should call a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Remember, if you are involved in any DUI-related vehicular manslaughter case, you have the right to consult an attorney and have the benefit of a proper defense. Once your attorney has reviewed the facts of your case, he can recommend the next course of action. I believe you should work with an attorney that has experience dealing with the prosecution and justice system of the courts you will be facing. The experienced attorneys at Zachary Law Group are dedicated to asserting, establishing, and protecting your legal rights in court. So don’t wait. Bring your questions and legal issues here, and we’ll do everything we can to “Zach-It!” Contact us today for a FREE consultation at 1-855-Zach-law.