What is criminal vehicular homicide?
A charge of criminal vehicular homicide generally requires a prosecutor to prove one of three scenarios:
- That you caused someone’s death by operating your vehicle in “grossly negligent” manner; or
- That you caused someone’s death by operating your vehicle in a negligent or careless manner and that at the time of the accident you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- That you caused someone’s death by operating your vehicle in a negligent or careless manner and that you left the scene of the accident.
What is criminal vehicular operation?
Criminal vehicular operation is similar to criminal vehicular homicide and is charged in cases where injuries rather than a death resulted from the accident.
What is gross negligence?
Gross negligence is more than mere negligence or carelessness. It is defined as “very great negligence or absence of even slight care.” What exactly that means based on the facts of your case is up to a jury.
What is an accident reconstructionist?
Accident reconstructionists are frequently used in cases of criminal vehicular homicide. An accident reconstructionist is trained to determine a number of factors surrounding the accident in order to help determine the cause of the accident.
What should I do if I have been charged with a Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Operation?
If you have been charged with a crime, speak to a knowledgeable defense lawyer as soon as possible. Early preparation by an experienced defense lawyer can increase your chances of a favorable outcome, including the possibility of charges being dropped.