Dallas Vehicular Manslaughter Attorneys
Motor vehicles are inherently dangerous pieces of machinery due to their large mass and high speeds. If a driver fails to pay attention for even one second, costly accidents can occur and lives may be lost. Motor vehicle accidents are to blame for nearly 1.3 million deaths in the United States every year, with many of these deaths ending up being the result of driver negligence. Vehicular manslaughter is defined as the unintentional killing of a person while operating a motor vehicle as a result of ordinary or criminal negligence. With so many deaths every year attributed to vehicle accidents, all drivers who are involved in a fatal accident are at risk of being charged with vehicular manslaughter.
At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our criminal defense attorneys believe that even if a driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, there may be more sides to the story that deserve consideration. Our legal team strives to build the strongest defense possible so that our clients do not face prison time for an accident they may not have caused. Contact our office at (214) 845-7007 to learn more about how we can assist you with your vehicular manslaughter case today.
Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter
While manslaughter is defined as the unintentional killing of a person, it is still treated as a second-degree felony, carrying significant criminal penalties. The penalties for vehicular manslaughter are dependent on how the accident occurred. Cases involving ordinary negligence—like lack of attention and reckless driving—often receive lower punishments, if not a dismissal. However, many cases of vehicular manslaughter stem from criminal negligence—including driving under the influence—and it is no surprise that these cases commonly result in the maximum sentence for the accused. Some of the criminal penalties associated with second degree felony vehicular manslaughter include:
- Prison sentence of 2-20 years
- Fines up to $10,000
- Felon designation
Felony offenses are never easy to defend against, making it imperative for those that are charged with vehicular manslaughter to find qualified legal representation to defend their rights.
Contact a Vehicular Manslaughter Attorneys
If you or someone you know has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, the attorneys of Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are here to represent you in your criminal case. We are dedicated to ensuring that all our clients receive a fair trial so their rights can be protected at all times. Contact our office today at (214) 845-7007 to speak with a member of our legal team so we can begin building your defense.