What is vehicular manslaughter?
Vehicular manslaughter is a separate charge from motor vehicle homicide. Motor vehicle homicide may or may not result from a driver operating under the influence, but Melanie's Law created a new offense of vehicular manslaughter, which carries harsher penalties. The law defines manslaughter as “an unlawful killing unintentionally caused by wanton or reckless conduct.” Anyone who is convicted of committing manslaughter while driving under the influence will be convicted of Manslaughter by Motor Vehicle.
If you are convicted of vehicular manslaughter, your sentence could include:
- A mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in state prison.
- Depending on the circumstances, the sentence may be between 520 years in state prison.
- A fine of up to $25,000.
- License suspension ranging from 15 years to a permanent, lifetime loss of driving privileges.
Vehicular manslaughter is a serious charge to face alone, which is why you need the help of an experienced litigator. Attorney Joseph Bernard has handled hundreds of trial by jury cases within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Many of these cases were OUI related charges. He has extensive experience in OUI law and may be able to defend you against your manslaughter by motor vehicle charges.
It is understandable to be fearful, distressed and overcome by the pressure and seriousness of the gravity of offenses confronting you at this time. Let the Law Office of Joseph D. Bernard P.C. qualm your anxiety and help you build a strategic defense. The assistance of a skilled defense lawyer can be the difference between incarceration and your freedom.
Attorney Bernard will examine every aspect of your case. Examining the initial arrest, field sobriety tests, and breath or blood tests, allows him to create a comprehensive strategy to fight these serious charges. You need to be represented by a legal professional who is knowledgeable in this area of law and will relentlessly fight for you.