Vehicular Manslaughter Defense Lawyer
It is always a tragedy when a life is ended in a vehicle accident. Thousands of people lose their lives every day in auto accidents. In most cases, it is considered an unfortunate, unintentional event, regardless of who caused the accident. However, if it is determined that a driver’s negligence caused the accident, they may also be facing life-altering consequences. If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter in Alabama, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight on your behalf.
Vehicular manslaughter is when someone dies in an auto accident caused by reckless, criminal or negligent behavior. For example, if a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and hits a pedestrian, and if the injuries are fatal, they may be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Some other circumstances where an auto accident fatality could lead to manslaughter charges for the at-fault driver include when the accident occurs due to:
- Eluding a police officer
- Reckless driving
- When passing or overcoming a school bus
- While committing a crime
Vehicular manslaughter is by definition intentional, so the prosecutors do not need to prove motive against the accused. Instead, they only need to show that reckless or dangerous behavior caused the accident, leading to the death of another person.
Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter
In Alabama, vehicular manslaughter is a class B felony and can result in up to twenty years in prison for a first-time conviction. The felony conviction will stay on your record permanently, impacting your ability to find gainful employment and pursue other opportunities. If you have prior convictions, you can face even longer prison sentences and extensive fines. While you may feel remorse for being involved in an accident that took another life, you do not need to forfeit your life for an accident. Dwayne L. Brown and his legal team can help you fight your charges and obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Contact our office in Montgomery to schedule a consultation.