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