Vehicular manslaughter charges are often filed in combination with other charges such as drunk driving (DUI) and/or reckless driving. The particular circumstances surrounding the incident determine whether vehicular manslaughter is charged as a misdemeanor or felony crime. Depending on the degree of the charges, a person accused of vehicular manslaughter may face a wide range of penalties including jail time, restitution to the victim's family, and more.
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Vehicular Manslaughter & Additional Charges
The death of a motorist or vehicle passenger that results from any of the following traffic offenses is considered vehicular manslaughter:
- Gross negligence
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
Vehicular manslaughter laws vary according to state, but most states consider vehicular manslaughter a felony crime if it occurs as a consequence of drunk driving. In cases involving slight speeding, it may only be charged as a misdemeanor.
Felony crimes are more serious, punishable by a sentence in a state or federal prison, whereas a misdemeanor is considered a less serious offense, carrying a maximum of one year in a county jail or fine. In addition to fines and incarceration, a person convicted of vehicular manslaughter may also face mandatory rehabilitation, probation, and a permanent record among other things.
Factors that may influence the punishment associated with a vehicular manslaughter conviction include prior criminal record, parole/probation status, court biases, and more.
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