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Have you been legally accused of committing vehicular homicide? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal counsel for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 39+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Driving Crimes such as DUI, Vehicular Homicide, and Vehicular Manslaughter.

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What is Vehicular Homicide?

Vehicular homicide is when someone intentionally, deliberately, and illegally kills another person with a vehicle. Usually, vehicular homicide is committed with gross negligence and implied malice. This means they were driving recklessly with no regard for human life. If the driver was intoxicated with alcohol, it can be charged as murder.

Penalties for Vehicular Homicide

Since vehicular homicide is sometimes seen as murder, the penalties are severe. If charged in the first-degree the penalties can be 25 years to life in prison. If charged in the second-degree the penalties are usually 15 years to life in prison.


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Legal Defenses for Vehicular Homicide

California’s self-defense laws can protect you if you acted in self-defense or defense of others. You have to reasonably believe that you or someone else is in immediate danger of:

  • Being killed
  • Suffering great bodily injury
  • Being raped, maimed, robbed, or having some other forcible act committed upon you or another person.

If any of these situations apply, then you have the right to use whatever measures necessary to stop these from happening.

A vehicular homicide can be an accident if:

  • There was no criminal intent to do any harm
  • The defendant was not acting negligently
  • The defendant was following the law at the time of the killing

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