Vehicular Homicide Via DUI
Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. Being charged with vehicular homicide while driving under the influence can be even more difficult.
Bellwoar Kelly, LLP has a reputation for tackling obstacles head on through effective arguments and passionate advocacy. No matter the charge, our job is to ensure that people are treated fairly and justly by the police, prosecutors and the criminal justice system.
If you’re facing a vehicular manslaughter charge in West Chester or Reading, Pennsylvania, take the next step and contact Bellwoar Kelly, LLP at 610-314-7066. Our attorneys understand the law and can defend your rights throughout the course of your case.
Legal Repercussions For Vehicular Homicide Via DUI
If someone dies in a car accident, vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter charges will be brought against an individual if the police have reason to believe he or she was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
It doesn’t matter if the person who died was in another vehicle or in the suspect’s own car. This is a significant charge and is considered a felony under Pennsylvania law.
Those convicted face at minimum a three-year jail sentence. However, the sentence could be as high as 10 years. Additionally, if more than one victim was killed, the one responsible will receive an additional three years in state prison for each person who died. The associated fines can be up to $25,000.
Established West Chester Criminal Defense
Because vehicular homicide via DUI is a felony, prosecutors have to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a heavy burden and if all of the elements aren’t met, the case will be dismissed. The authorities must prove not only that you in fact were driving, but that you were driving under the influence.
Those facing charges for homicide by vehicle deserve a lawyer who will fight for justice. No one should be forced to pay unfair penalties or to serve an unjust jail sentence.