A vehicular homicide charge, no matter what the circumstances, comes with extremely harsh sentencing in the state of Utah. Vehicular homicide does not in fact suggest that you intentionally caused a death, but it does allege that you should have known that a fatal outcome was possible or likely.
With this being the case, there is very little wiggle room when defending your name in a scenario such as this. Considering the severity of the situation, it is vital that you collaborate with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can capably advise you throughout the entire criminal process.
Salt Lake City Vehicular Homicide Attorney
Being accused of vehicular homicide has the very real potential of turning your life upside down. Because of the likely ramifications of a conviction, take the logical first step and speak with a criminal defense attorney about your options.
Darren Levitt, of Levitt Legal, PLLC is an experienced and knowledgeable Salt Lake City defense attorney who is well versed on the criminal process regarding vehicular homicide and everything that goes into it. With this informed perspective, Darren is committed to developing and implementing an effective and aggressive defense strategy that will offer you the greatest chance at getting the charges reduced or completely dismissed.
If you or a loved one is dealing with a vehicular homicide charge, call (801) 455-1743 or send an online message to schedule a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. Darren proudly represents individuals from the Utah counties of Box Elder, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, Morgan, Cache, Weber, Summit, Davis and Wasatch.
Vehicular Homicide under Utah Code
Vehicular homicide is the primary charge filed in connection with fatal accidents that are suspected to be DUI-related. According to Utah Code §76-5-207, it is considered vehicular homicide should the defendant be convicted of operating a motor vehicle in a negligent manner that causes the death of another, while either impaired by drugs and / or alcohol or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08 percent.
With regard to the allegation itself, the state of Utah considers a case of vehicular homicide to be either a third degree felony or second-degree felony, depending on the situation. In most instances, a second degree felony would only be charged if the alleged offender has another prior conviction on his or her criminal record, or if there are "aggravating" factors present.
An "aggravating" factor may be an extremely high BAC, reckless driving, reckless operation in a construction zone, if the victim was a law enforcement officer, or if the driver had three or more previous drunk driving conditions. If you are acting in a "grossly negligent" manner, you may be charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
The presumptive sentence for a third degree felony is a prison term of up to five years and / or fines of up to $5,000.
As for a second-degree felony, the presumptive sentence is up to 15 years in prison and / or fines of up to $10,000.
Levitt Legal, PLLC | Salt Lake City Vehicular Homicide Arrest Lawyer
With all the negative implications and consequences that come with a vehicular homicide conviction, it is in your best interest to discuss your situation with a competent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Having a proper strategy at the beginning of the process should allow you to effectively argue your case and find a suitable outcome.
Darren Levitt has the understanding of Utah homicide laws and a dedication to protecting individual rights to fight for you all the way to the very end. Having handled many of these cases in the past, Darren is well suited and prepared to provide excellent and informed legal counsel, increasing your chances for a reduction in charges or dismissal.
If you are currently dealing with a vehicular homicide charge, call (801) 455-1743 to set up a free and confidential consultation. Levitt Legal PLLC represents those accused of criminal acts in and around the greater Salt Lake City area, including the cities of Tremonton, Perry, Willard, South Jordan, South Salt Lake, Payson, Spanish Fork, Lindon, Pleasant View, Hyde Park, Hooper, Plain City, Woods Corss, Syracuse, Charleston and Wallsburg, among others.