Vehicular Manslaughter Attorneys in Phoenix
Don’t Let Your Rights Go Unheeded
In Arizona, there is no differentiation between manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter. Both charges fall under the same statutes and hold the same consequences. As such, it is important to obtain legal representation if a death occurred during a vehicular accident in which you were involved.
Under Arizona Revised State § 13-1103, a person is guilty if they:
- Recklessly cause the death of another;
- Commit second degree murder in a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion;
- Knowingly assist in another person’s suicide;
- Knowingly or recklessly cause the death of an unborn child by physically injuring the child’s mother.
Because a death occurs in a vehicular manslaughter charge, the consequences are far more serious than in a car or DUI accident. The accused individual can be charged not only with manslaughter, but also with use of a “deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.” Arizona courts also look at intent when it comes to vehicular manslaughter. If a person knowingly gets behind the wheel while intoxicated, their offense can be considered intentional.
Factors to Consider in Vehicular Manslaughter
There are many causes related to car accidents that cause death. You can be charged with vehicular manslaughter or aggravated assault when killing a person during a car accident.
Possible causes of vehicular manslaughter include:
- DUI – Under A.R.S. Chapter 4 §28-1381, if an individual has a blood alcohol content of over .08% and drives an automobile, they can be charged with not only a DUI but also an aggravated assault if anyone is injured or killed.
- Aggressive Driving – Someone can be charged with aggressive driving if they fail to obey traffic laws, drive at an unreasonable speed, or commit unsafe maneuvers that endanger those on the road.
- Excessive Speed – Under A.R.S. §28-701.02, a person can be charged with manslaughter if they drive at an excessively higher speed than the one posted.
Penalties of Vehicular Manslaughter
Manslaughter is considered a Class 2 “Dangerous” felony in Arizona. There are harsher penalties associated with this charge. The minimum sentence, if convicted, is seven years of prison time. The maximum time in prison is 21 years. Some attorneys can fight for a plea bargain, which usually entails seven to 12 years of prison time.
Don’t Wait to Contact Our DUI Attorneys
Vehicular manslaughter charges are extremely serious. Not only will you serve an extended time in prison, it is a charge that will follow you for the rest of your life. If you have been accused of vehicular manslaughter, you need to obtain legal counsel immediately. Our DUI attorneys at MayesTelles PLLC have extensive experience and knowledge handling such cases. We take the time to get to know our clients so that we can build a case that weakens the opposition’s claims. We have former prosecutors on our team who understand what the other side is thinking. If you or your loved one has been charged, contact our vehicular manslaughter attorneys today.
Call (602) 428-7104 for a free consultation!