What do vehicular homicide charges really mean?
Under New Jersey laws, you don’t have to intend to kill or harm someone in order to face vehicular homicide charges. In fact, the laws specifically say that you have to be driving a vehicle (car, boat or other) recklessly and cause the death of another person. Recklessness in this case means consciously disregarding a substantial risk to safety, like driving while sleep deprived or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as looking away from the road to change the A/C, texting while driving or checking your GPS.
Penalties for vehicular homicide
Due to the loss of a person’s life, these charges carry serious penalties. It is regarded as a 2nd degree felony crime that can carry 5-10 years in state prison along with a fine of up to $150,000. Your driver’s license may be suspended for 5 years up to a lifetime suspension, and you may also face a Wrongful Death civil lawsuit for restitution to the victim’s family.
These charges can increase in severity depending on the location of the incident. For example, if it occurred in a school zone (regardless of whether there were children present or not) this can increase to a crime in the 1st degree with a penalty of 10-20 years in state prison.
Facing vehicular homicide charges? You need the right defense attorney – now
As you can see, a simple mistake or distracted moment can easily land someone in a situation that can destroy their lives and the lives of their loved ones. It’s vital that your rights are protected from the very beginning when facing such serious charges, so don’t hesitate to speak to an experienced defense lawyer immediately.
A former prosecutor is uniquely positioned to give you the advice you need to deliver a strong, effective representation of your case and fight it from every possible angle. If you want a criminal defense lawyer that you can trust to defend your case professionally and aggressively, contact us today at http://www.criminaldefense-nj.com/contact-us/ for a free case evaluation and find out how Dennis Calo can help you.
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