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Vehicular Homicide

You may be found guilty of vehicular homicide if your reckless operation of an automobile, airplane, motorboat, or other motor vehicle results in the death of another. 

To be convicted of vehicular homicide the death must be the proximate result of the driver’s:

(1) conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily harm, 

(2) intoxication,

(3) drag racing, or 

(4) conduct in a construction zone that leads to the death of a worker.

If the death is the result of conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious injury or drag racing then the accused may be convicted of a Class C Felony. If convicted, he or she faces up to 15 years in jail.

If the death is the result of the driver’s intoxication, the accused may be convicted of a Class B Felony. While a Class B felony carries a potential 30 year prison sentence, Tennessee law imposes statutory minimums for persons convicted under this section. For example, if the defendant has a prior alcohol-related offense and is convicted of vehicular homicide pursuant to this section, the judge must impose a minimum 45 day sentence. The judges in Davidson County are not forgiving when it comes to drinking and driving, so if you are charged with vehicular homicide or an alcohol related offense it is imperative you contact an experienced attorney to represent you.

Lastly, if a person recklessly drives through a construction or work zone and kills a worker, then that driver may be charged with a Class D Felony. If convicted, the driver may have to serve up to 12 years in jail.

In addition to the penalties outlined above, a person convicted of vehicular homicide will have their license revoked for a minimum of 3 years.

Contact Baker Associates

Vehicular homicide could be the result of texting and driving or speeding through a construction zone. Those are poor decisions that have very serious consequences and you will want to hire the attorney who will give your case the time and attention it deserves. Our criminal defense team will not settle your case for fear of going to trial; we are eager and prepared to argue your side to the jury. Contact the Tennessee trial attorneys at Baker Associates today.