Raleigh, Wake County Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer
A vehicular manslaughter charge is filed when an individual is accused of killing another individual as a result of negligently or recklessly operating a motor vehicle. Negligence can involve driver distraction including talking on a cell phone or playing with a CD player; driving recklessly through traffic lights; or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Vehicular manslaughter can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. For instance, driving a few miles over the speed limit at the time of the accident may be considered a misdemeanor, while driving drunk will almost always result in a felony intoxicated/manslaughter charge. Whether or not intoxication played a role in vehicular manslaughter is one of the main factors that will help determine whether it should be a misdemeanor or felony charge.
Vehicular manslaughter committed while intoxicated is a Class F felony in the state of North Carolina. This charge, upon conviction, can carry a prison term of 6 years (though judges have discretion to or increase or decrease this term). Additionally, those convicted of vehicular manslaughter will have to pay heavy fines, and may face consequences that can interrupt their lives such as career loss and damaged reputation.
Building the Best Defense
If you’ve been arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, you should seek professional legal counsel in order to build the strongest possible defense. Manslaughter charges are severe and the consequences can devastate your life, especially if you’re facing felony charges. You will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will provide thorough and aggressive representation in your case.
To speak with a leading criminal defense attorney in North Carolina, contact Curtis R. High, Attorney at Law. Mr. High is committed to providing the best representation possible. He is an aggressive lawyer with a reputation for success.