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What’s the Difference Between a Tragic Accident and Vehicular Manslaughter?

Thursday / April 14, 2016

You see stories like this in the news all the time and although the specifics are different, it is always tragic when someone loses their life in a car accident. When you read stories like this you can’t help but wonder. What legal charges will those involved face? Does the law protect victims of tragic accidents? When does vehicular manslaughter come into play?


Here’s the answer to some of those questions to help you understand Arizona law a little better and my job as an Arizona criminal defense attorney who handles vehicular manslaughter cases.


Vehicular Manslaughter in Arizona


A driver is charged with vehicular manslaughter when the accident results in the death(s) of passengers, occupants of other cars, or pedestrians. This most often occurs while the driver is intoxicated (either alcohol or drugs), but the charge can be applied to a variety of situations including texting while driving, excessive speed, aggressive driving, and racing.


Vehicular manslaughter is an extremely serious crime and should be treated as such by all those involved. This is the type of charge that warrants the help of an experienced Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney as soon as possible. Each defense for vehicular manslaughter is unique and the penalties you face without a strong defense are harsh.


Arizona Vehicular Manslaughter Law


In Arizona, a charge of vehicular manslaughter may occur if the state believes that the driver of a vehicle recklessly caused the death of another in some way. The state must be able to prove that the person was aware, or should have been aware, and consciously disregarded the significant, unjustifiable risks, and that they deviated from the behavior a reasonable person would observe in the same situation.  Consequences of vehicular manslaughter are similar to those of any other felony, but since the nature of the charge is reckless, not intentional, the range of punishment tends to be lower than for, say,  an intentional homicide. The punishment almost always includes prison time and can range anywhere from two to twenty years.



Arizona Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney Kyle T. Green


There are many different steps and legal procedures that go into vehicular manslaughter case, which is why having the right attorney is so important. Let me put my experience as an Arizona Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney and former prosecutor to work for you. If you, or a loved one, is facing a vehicular manslaughter charge, don’t hesitate to call my office for a free consultation and case review.


Please call 480-331-7568 today.

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