In the state of New Jersey, if a driver causes another person’s death as a result of driving recklessly, they can be charged with vehicular homicide, or death by auto. This is a second-degree charge and comes with serious penalties including fines, license suspension, and hefty prison sentences. Examples of reckless driving include excessive speeding, drowsy driving or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In order to be convicted of vehicular homicide, there must be proof that the reckless driving was the cause of death. If you have been charged with vehicular homicide, it is crucial that you contact an experienced South Jersey criminal lawyer as soon as possible.
Vehicular homicide is a serious offense, as are the penalties. Under certain circumstances, a vehicular homicide can become a First Degree charge, resulting in much harsher penalties. Examples of these include:
A Second Degree charge of vehicular manslaughter, or death by auto, comes with a five to ten year prison sentence and fines up to $200,000. A First Degree charge will be imposed if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving, refuses breathalyzer test, or was driving with a revoked driver’s license. Under these circumstances, the court will call for a minimum prison term of either one-third to one-half of the sentence, or three years, whichever is greater.
If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter, contact the South Jersey criminal defense lawyers at Gigliotti Law Group as soon as possible so that we may examine the details of your case and determine the best course of action. We will provide you with the experienced, aggressive legal counsel you need to successful fight the charges and reach the best possible outcome. We represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, Cumberland County and Salem County. For a confidential consultation, call us at 844-742-7591 or contact us online.