Central Florida Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney
Are you in need of a Florida vehicular manslaughter attorney? If you or someone you know has been arrested for vehicular homicide, we suggest that you consult with an experienced and aggressive attorney immediately in order to preserve your rights and give the defense lawyer as much time as possible to investigate the charges.
What is Vehicular Manslaughter?
“Vehicular homicide” is the killing of a human being, or the
killing of an unborn child by any injury to the mother, caused by the
operation of a motor vehicle by another in a reckless manner likely to
cause the death of, or great bodily harm to, another.
Vehicular manslaughter is the killing of a human being or viable fetus, caused by the operation of a motor vehicle by another in a reckless manner likely to cause the death of, or great bodily harm to, another. Vehicular homicide is sometimes also referred to as 'vehicular manslaughter' because Florida Law does not require that the person knew that the accident resulted in injury or death. Many times, the accident and death may be caused by what may have normally been a minor traffic infraction had there been little or no injury.
Types and Degrees of Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide is a very serious charge and obviously one the State takes very seriously. There are different types and degrees of vehicular homicide that someone can be accused of. Generally speaking, vehicular homicide may be:
- A felony of the second degree punishable by a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison, and a $10,000 fine; OR
- Vehicular homicide may be enhanced to a first degree felony punishable by thirty years in prison if at the time of the accident the person knew, or should have known, that the accident occurred; and the person failed to give information and render aid as required by law; OR
- Another type of vehicular homicide may be called 'DUI manslaughter.' Prosecution for this crime arises under an accusation that the driver drove while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, and as a result, the driver caused or contributed to the cause of the death of victim. DUI manslaughter has similar penalties to those of non-impaired driving and vehicular homicide.
Unfortunately, many deaths occur on the roadways of this State as a result of a variety of reasons. As distressing and tragic as these deaths may be; not every case should result in prosecution for vehicular homicide. If you are involved in an accident, especially one involving injury or death, it is important that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney, such as those at NeJame Law, to represent you immediately. Even a minor accident can be a very traumatic experience and very stressful; but one important thing to remember, is that you should never make a statement to law enforcement once any form of criminal investigation has begun. It is essential to request an attorney and remain silent. If an officer informs you that he or she is conducting a criminal investigation contact one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys immediately.
Furthermore, in addition to criminal prosecution, Florida Law recognizes a right of action for civil damages. Remaining silent and contacting an experienced and aggressive vehicular manslaughter attorney such as those at NeJame Law who handle both criminal and civil legal matters is essential to defending oneself against such accusations.
There may be several defenses that can be used in a vehicular homicide case and will depend on the facts of each individual case. Additionally, the defense team at NeJame Law would investigate all of the evidence, question the witnesses, seek the best expert witnesses or accident reconstruction experts, and ascertain whether all of the methods and procedures used by law enforcement were conducted lawfully. It is possible to have some, or even all of the evidence in a case thrown out if the police violated certain procedures. For example, if the police did not inform the driver after an accident that he was conducting a criminal investigation; or read the accused Miranda Warnings.
Contact and Orlando Vehicular Homicide Attorney at NeJame Law
The attorneys at NeJame Law are experienced, aggressive and how to defend people accused of any crime, including vehicular homicide. We value your privacy and will keep any information strictly confidential.
If you are seeking to hire an criminal defense attorney to defend someone accused of vehicular manslaughter, make sure you hire a firm that has the knowledge and experience to handle this very serious offense. Call us at (407) 500-0000 or fill out our online form.