DWI and DWAI Vehicular Manslaughter
Driving while intoxicated is inherently dangerous because intoxication impairs a motorist’s ability to drive safely and properly. Intoxicated driving places the driver, his or her passengers, and others at risk. Unfortunately, intoxicated or impaired driving can lead to a motor vehicle accident. Tragically, some of these accidents can turn deadly. When a driver’s intoxication causes the death of another person, the driver can face charges of Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree. In certain circumstances, that charge can be elevated to Aggravated Vehicular Manslaughter.
What Is Aggravated Vehicular Manslaughter?
The charge of Aggravated Vehicular Manslaughter means that a motorist was guilty of reckless driving and Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree as defined above. Additionally, the motorist must have at least one of the following:
- BAC of 0.18% or above.
- Causes the death of more than one person.
- A suspension for an alcohol related offense in New York or any other jurisdiction.
- A conviction of an alcohol related offense within the past 10 years.
- Has a conviction for Vehicular Assault, Vehicular Manslaughter, or Vehicular Homicide in New York or any other jurisdiction.
- Causes the death of one person and the serious physical injury of at least one other person.
- Commits the Vehicular Manslaughter with a child under the age of 16 years in the vehicle as a passenger, and causes the death of the child passenger.
Under these circumstances, a driver can be charged with Aggravated Vehicular Manslaughter. Conviction of this felony charge can lead to tough criminal penalties for the offender
Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree
Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree applies to intoxicated drivers who cause the death of another. In New York, there is a legal presumption that the death was caused by the intoxication of the driver. This charge is a Class “D” felony and upon conviction can result in criminal penalties including: up to seven years in state prison; five years of probation; loss of driver’s license for at least 1 year, installation and maintenance of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) for at least 1 year, and fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.
What Are the Penalties?
If a driver is convicted of this offense, he or she will face significant and severe criminal penalties. Aggravated Vehicular Manslaughter is a Class “B” felony in New York. Drivers convicted under this charge could face up to 25 years in state prison.
If you have been charged with DWI Vehicular Manslaughter; we have DWI and DWAI criminal defense lawyers standing by, ready to help defend you.
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If you are convicted of a DWI Vehicular Manslaughter in, New York you will be subjected to a variety of penalties, including loss of your driver license, hefty fines and jail time.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Rubinstein, Zeh and Associates are committed to forming a vigorous defense on behalf of individuals who stand accused of such DWI crimes such as a DWI charge of vehicular assault or vehicular manslaughter. Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of your rights, and the potential penalties that may arise and the possible weaknesses in the charges against you; such as improper testing equipment, inaccurate field sobriety tests or an illegal search and seizure.
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If you or a loved one has been charged in New York with DWI Vehicular Manslaughter or driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI), you need a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer. We have successfully handled misdemeanor and felony DWI cases. We have also represented those charged with chemical test refusals (e.g. refusing to give a breath, blood or urine sample) both in the courts and at DMV hearings. Our lawyers have assisted countless people in obtaining hardship driver licenses and conditional driver licenses.
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