Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney: Worcester
Dedicated Criminal Defense Lawyers, Including Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney Options for You
A vehicular homicide charge may be the result of operating under the influence (OUI) or an act of driver negligence. In either case, the Worcester criminal defense attorneys at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP can provide passionate legal representation for your case.
Vehicular Manslaughter Jail Time and Consequences
Whether the charges involve misdemeanor or felony offenses, the penalties will be severe. If you are convicted of vehicular homicide, you will face prison time, hefty fines, and other penalties that could have lasting consequences. Furthermore, professional drivers who are convicted, whether driving for work or personal reasons, will lose their commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and their jobs.
Penalties for Vehicular Homicide in Massachusetts include:
- Minimum of 30 days in jail or up to two and a half years in the House of Correction for misdemeanor offenses
- Fines ranging from $300-$3000 for misdemeanor offenses
- Minimum mandatory one-year sentence in the House of Correction for felony offenses
- Maximum vehicular manslaughter jail time of 15 years in the state facility for felony offenses
- Fines of no more than $15,000 for felony offenses
In addition, if you are convicted of the more serious charge of manslaughter by motor vehicle (manslaughter while operating a motor vehicle), you may face prison time ranging from five to twenty years and fines of up to $25,000. The state of Massachusetts requires a 15-year driver’s license suspension for drivers convicted of vehicular homicide or manslaughter. Our Worcester criminal defense lawyers are experienced litigators who can utilize every legal strategy to seek a favorable outcome.
Many cases like this involve drunk driving, and our Worcester criminal defense attorneys are experienced in OUI cases. We understand the technical details of Breathalyzer tests, blood tests, and other sobriety tests and can thoroughly examine the evidence as well as the police procedure of your case. When applicable, we can challenge the test results and argue for the evidence to be suppressed.
Sober drivers can also be charged with vehicular homicide if they made a mistake, were distracted, or fell asleep while driving. If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter, we can fight hard to prove that a moment of negligence does not make you a criminal. Vehicular homicide cases typically go to trial, and our Worcester criminal defense lawyers can provide aggressive litigation.
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