Vehicular homicide in New Jersey is a crime wherein the death of someone is caused by another person’s reckless operation of a motor vehicle or vessel. Reckless behavior includes falling asleep behind the wheel or proof that you were driving without sleep for a period in excess of 24 hours, and most importantly proof that you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, giving rise to an inference of recklessness. Recklessness also includes many types of motor vehicle offenses that result in the death of another.
A conviction of this crime, results in a mandatory New Jersey state prison sentence of between 5 and 10 years. That penalty would double to 10 to 20 years in New Jersey state prison if it occurs in the vicinity of a school or a school crossing.
It is also a crime if you cause the death of another while driving an automobile or a vessel at a time when your motor vehicle driving privileges are suspended.
If you have been charged with vehicular homicide it is important that you immediately contact an experienced NJ vehicular homicide defense lawyer. Kahn, Gigliotti & Lehrfeld have a proven track record of successfully handling cases of this nature.
Most importantly, our team has the vast experience needed to effectively and correctly evaluate your options. Whether the resolution of your case should be a trial or a plea agreement, be assured that it is a decision which will be made intelligently and mutually.