Virginia DWI Vehicular Manslaughter
If you drive while intoxicated and have a car accident that results in a death, you can be charged with DWI Vehicular Manslaughter. This is the case even if the car accident was not solely your fault and even if your driving was not impaired by your intoxication. DWI Vehicular Manslaughter is a felony that will remain on your permanent criminal record for the rest of your life. As a convicted felon, you will be ineligible for various educational, employment and housing opportunities that require a background check.
Defending Your DWI Vehicular Manslaughter Case
If you’re facing a DWI Vehicular Manslaughter charge, you need a qualified DWI attorney to review your case and investigate the evidence against you in order to craft a viable defense for your case. In order to secure conviction against you, the government must prove the following elements—(1) that you were driving while intoxicated and (2) you caused the death of another person. Your defense strategy can be based upon a lack of evidence on either of these elements. If convicted you face up to ten years in jail. However, if the judge or jury determines that the manslaughter was aggrevated, then there is a mandatory one-year sentence with up to 20 years.
Penalties for DWI Vehicular Manslaughter
A DWI Vehicular Manslaughter conviction will create a negative impact for the rest of your life. As a convicted felon, anyone will be able to discover your criminal history by performing a background check. If you’re convicted, you can be sentenced to jail for four to ten years. Your driver’s license may be permanently revoked. In the event that you’re able to have your driver’s license reinstated, automobile insurance will be difficult to find and costly, too.
Hiring a Qualified DWI Attorney
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DWI Vehicular Manslaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and reduce or even eliminate the negative repercussions of a DWI Vehicular Manslaughter conviction. Call the Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson today to schedule a free consultation or fill out our online form now for a free analysis of your case.