Vehicular manslaughter charges are brought in a case where a person has been killed in an automobile accident and there is the suspicion of impairment by the driver who caused the incident. Because a person has died, these are incredibly serious charges with life-altering consequences. If you are being charged with vehicular manslaughter in the state of New York, call our office today. David Galison is experienced in New York criminal cases and will work hard for your defense.
The lesser of the two vehicular manslaughter charges is vehicular manslaughter in the second degree. This charge is a class D felony and can be punished with up to seven years in prison. In order to be convicted of this crime, you must have -
- driven a vehicle while intoxicated (BAC over .08), or been under the influence of drugs
- caused the death of another person as the result of your driving
There is also the possibility of being charged with vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, if -
- your BAC was at .18 or higher
- you caused the death of more than one person
First degree charges in this case will be a class C felony and a maximum of fifteen years in prison, with a minimum of one.
Contact our office today at 516-242-4477 to discuss your case and receive a free consultation. David Galison is prepared to get to work on your behalf and stand up for you in New York criminal court.