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Vehicular Manslaughter

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What is Vehicular Manslaughter?

Vehicular manslaughter is when someone is killed by driving a vehicular negligently. There are two types of vehicular manslaughter.

Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence

Vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence occurs when a misdemeanor or infraction is committed or a lawful act is committed in a way that could cause death and causes the death of another person. Gross negligence is when someone acts recklessly with a high risk of causing death or great bodily injury and they knew or should have known their actions could cause harm or death to another person.

Ordinary Vehicular Manslaughter

Ordinary or misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter is different because ordinary negligence is when someone fails to use reasonable care to prevent harming someone.


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Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence

Vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s criminal history.

As a misdemeanor

  • Misdemeanor probation
  • Incarceration time and/or a fine

As a felony

  • Felony probation
  • Incarceration time and/or a fine
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Legal Defenses for Vehicular Manslaughter

It can be hard to prove that someone acted with negligence or gross negligence because everyone reacts to situations differently. If you didn’t act with negligence or gross negligence then you shouldn’t be guilty of vehicular manslaughter.

Perhaps you were involved in an accident that caused someone else’s death. It’s possible that the person who died was also driving negligently and caused his or her own death.

Acting reasonably depends on the situation. If you acted reasonably in relation to your emergency situation, you shouldn’t be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Have you been legally accused of committing vehicular manslaughter? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council 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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