Understanding Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault Charges in Washington

Vehicular homicide and vehicular assault are grave offenses in Washington State, carrying severe penalties and potentially life-altering consequences. It is crucial to have a knowledgeable and skilled defense attorney who understands the intricacies of these charges, effectively advocating for your rights. The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer can answer any questions you have, and help figure out your next steps.

Vehicular Homicide

This charge applies when a person operates a vehicle exhibiting reckless disregard for the safety of others, causing the death of another person. Vehicular Homicide is a Class A Felony, carrying a potential sentence of up to life imprisonment and substantial fines amounting up to $50,000.00. Your license may also be suspended for up to 2 years following a conviction.

Vehicular Assault

This charge is applicable when a person operates a vehicle and exhibits reckless disregard for the safety of others, causing substantial bodily harm to another person. Vehicular assault in the first degree is a Class B felony, carrying a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000.00 in fines. Your license may also be suspended for up to 1 year following a conviction.

Reckless Endangerment

A prosecutor may choose to bring charges against an individual if driving conduct endangers or injures occupants of the same vehicle as the driver. Reckless Endangerment is a Gross Misdemeanor, which can carry up to 364 days in jail and up to $5,000.00 in fines. Additionally, you may be charged with multiple counts of Reckless Endangerment equal to the number of passengers in the car at the time of the incident.

Collateral Consequences of Vehicular Assault or Homicide

If a person is injured and you don’t have the necessary insurance to cover the extent of the injuries, you may be required to pay restitution for sustained injuries. In some cases restitution could be upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars. You could also face a civil lawsuit for the injuries sustained at the time of the accident, which could also bring severe financial ramifications.

The Impact of DUI on Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault Charges

A DUI can be elevated to a vehicular assault or vehicular homicide if the person operating the vehicle was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, depending on whether another person was injured or if injuries resulted in death.

Expert Defense Strategies for Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault Charges

Mounting a robust defense against vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges requires the expertise of a skilled criminal defense attorney who understands the nuances of Washington State’s laws and court procedures. Our law firm is dedicated to providing you with aggressive, strategic representation to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome. Our team will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your case, analyze the evidence, and build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific situation. Here’s how our experienced defense team can assist you:

Thorough Case Evaluation: We will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your case, examining all the evidence, witness testimonies, and police reports to identify any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and develop a strong defense strategy.

Expert Witnesses: We work with a network of trusted experts, including accident reconstruction specialists, toxicologists, and medical professionals, who can provide professional opinions and testimony to challenge the prosecution’s evidence and strengthen your defense.

Negotiations and Plea Bargaining: Our skilled negotiators will engage with the prosecution to explore opportunities for reduced charges or alternative sentencing options that may minimize the potential consequences you face.

Courtroom Litigation: If your case proceeds to trial, our experienced trial attorneys will

skillfully present your defense, challenge the prosecution’s evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and diligently fight for your rights in the courtroom.

Sentencing Advocacy: In the event of a conviction, we will passionately advocate for leniency during the sentencing phase, presenting mitigating factors and pursuing alternative sentencing options to minimize the impact on your life and future.

Protect Your Future with Our Experienced Defense Team

Being convicted with vehicular homicide or vehicular assault consequences, including imprisonment, hefty fines, and a tarnished reputation. It is crucial to act swiftly and secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights and vigorously challenge the charges against you.

Contact our law firm today to schedule a confidential consultation in Washington state. Our dedicated defense team is here to provide the expert guidance and aggressive representation you need during this challenging time. Let us protect your future and help you navigate the complexities of the legal system with confidence.