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South Carolina Vehicular Manslaughter Attorneys

Vehicular manslaughter charges are levied when a driver’s reckless, negligent, or intoxicated driving unintentionally causes the death of another individual. Vehicular manslaughter may also be referred to as “intoxication manslaughter,” “reckless homicide,” or a “felony DUI causing death,” depending on the state. However, all terms are applicable when instances of negligent driving result in the death of a passenger, pedestrian, or passengers of other cars. Vehicular manslaughter can be penalized to varying degrees. For example, a case in which the negligent driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol would receive a more severe punishment than a negligent driver apprehended under traffic violations, unrelated to intoxication. As a felony, these charges can result in 1 to 25 years of imprisonment or a $10,100 to $25,100 fine in South Carolina.

An arrest for vehicular manslaughter can be life-altering. Loss of life due to negligence is one of the most heavily prosecuted crimes, whether the crime happened intentionally or not. Crimes of this gravity warrant the qualified counsel of a seasoned criminal defense attorney. Fortunately, the vehicular manslaughter lawyers at Truslow & Truslow have an explicit understanding of South Carolina’s code of laws and have addressed criminal offenses for years.

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Types of Negligence Applicable to Vehicular Manslaughter

Accidental death resulting from traffic accidents is defined as vehicular manslaughter, a provision of general manslaughter that usually carries lesser penalties. Vehicular manslaughter charges typically arise out of negligent behavior, some of which include:

  • Ordinary negligence or inattention – This category includes behaviors such as taking your eyes off the road or driving distractedly.
  • Criminal negligence – To be criminally negligent, you must display more egregious driving behavior, such as speeding while recklessly changing lanes, or—in some cases—texting while driving.
  • Driving while intoxicated – This display of negligence may be the easiest to prove and prosecute, aided by eyewitness testimony and chemical tests. Many times, any presence of alcohol or drugs in the defendant’s system is enough to indicate reckless endangerment to the jury.
  • Violation of safety standards – This type of negligence may include passing an unloading school bus, making an illegal U-turn, or otherwise violating traffic statutes in a manner resulting in a wrongful death.
  • Falling asleep at the wheel – This degree of negligence is applicable to vehicular manslaughter on a case-by-case basis and a prosecutor must prove that you willingly acted negligently in falling asleep while driving. For example, a man who stays awake for two days straight and then chooses to drive a vehicle would have exercised willful negligence in his case.

Vehicular manslaughter can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case.

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Contact a Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney in South Carolina

Because of the seriousness of such charges, it is not uncommon for vehicular manslaughter to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. For this reason, the urgency of obtaining an effective criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible is not to be understated. At Truslow & Truslow, our legal team may be able to help by assessing your case and using knowledgeable counsel to advocate on your behalf. If you are facing vehicular manslaughter charges, contact our Columbia offices at (803) 256-6276 to discuss the details of your case.

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