If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter in conjunction with DUI in Maricopa County, you need to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney who is capable of handling your case. Vehicular manslaughter is a serious crime, but when it occurs as the result of drunk driving, it can reach a whole new level of severity.
Vehicular manslaughter is the crime of recklessly causing the death of another human, possibly being due to an automobile accident, and can occur as the result of drunk driving, reckless driving or gross negligence. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding the charge, vehicular manslaughter may involve a mandatory prison sentence if the person is convicted of the charge. Drunk driving resulting in vehicular manslaughter is by far the most common form of vehicular manslaughter in Phoenix. If an accident occurs and a passenger in the car dies as the result of the driver’s drunk driving, felony vehicular manslaughter or murder may be charged.
In the State of Arizona, there are no specific vehicular manslaughter laws, but because a car can be considered to be a dangerous instrument under Arizona Law, a vehicular manslaughter conviction can still carry harsh penalties. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding the crime, some possible penalties for a Vehicular Manslaughter conviction are:
As an experienced Criminal Defense attorney, Ryan M. Garvey realizes how important it is to thoroughly examine all facts and evidence surrounding a vehicular manslaughter charge. If it can be proved that the person charged was not reckless, perhaps due to another driver actually causing the accident, or that poor road or weather conditions led to the collision the person charged may be able to avoid a conviction. Oftentimes, accident deconstructionists and other expert witnesses are necessary to properly demonstrate these factors.
If you were in an accident that resulted in the death of another or others, you are probably already very upset. With the addition of a manslaughter charge, the stress can seem insurmountable. Ryan M. Garvey knows that you are facing a serious charge that could change your life and that of your family forever. That is why he is dedicated to fully investigating and researching your case in order to build the best possible defense. Your freedom and rights are extremely important to you and Mr. Garvey will treat your case as such.