Virginia Beach Vehicular Manslaughter

Virginia Beach Vehicular Manslaughter
Did you know that, in the state of Virginia, any driver who is involved in a deadly auto accident could potentially be charged with vehicular manslaughter? Indeed, if the auto accident was a result of speeding, reckless driving, or DUI, you may face criminal charges. If this happens, make sure you contact a Virginia Beach vehicular manslaughter attorney immediately—do not speak to the police or the victim’s family members until you have one.

Unlike murder, vehicular manslaughter is caused by negligent, rather than intentional, behavior. In the eyes of the law, although the person’s death was accidental, it could have been avoided, and you may therefore be punished for your negligence.

The penalties for vehicular manslaughter vary based on the circumstances of the accident. If you are convicted of a felony offense, your sentence may include imprisonment for one to ten years, and a $2,500 fine. The penalties are even tougher if your actions displayed a gross or wanton disregard for life, which can lead to a 20-year prison sentence. 

Felony vehicular manslaughter charges are most often applied in cases involving a serious traffic or moving violation, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, or driving recklessly. However, if you have a relatively clean driving record, you may only be charged with a misdemeanor. Unlike felony charges, the sentence for a misdemeanor offense rarely includes jail time—probation, community service, and a temporary driver’s license suspension are common means of punishment.

It is important to have a strong defense if you are facing vehicular manslaughter charges in the state of Virginia. Having an experienced attorney on your side can often be the difference between serving a long prison sentence and avoiding conviction.

If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter, attorney Michael C. Tillotson can help. After over a decade of experience in criminal defense, Mr. Tillotson is well-versed in the laws regarding Virginia vehicular manslaughter, and can use this knowledge to fight for you. In many cases, Mr. Tillotson may be able to negotiate a reduced sentence and help you avoid jail time. Increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in court. Contact Michael C. Tillotson today for a free, no-obligation consultation on your vehicular manslaughter case.