The charge of vehicular homicide is extremely serious and carries with it life-changing punishments for those convicted. While not as severe as a murder charge, vehicular homicide in Tennessee is a high level felony that you will need to defend yourself against thoroughly if charged. Gregory P. Issacs is an experienced defense attorney with years of history defending against all kinds of charges in Tennessee courts. To get started right away on your defense against vehicular homicide charges, contact him today.
The definition of vehicular homicide is ‘death that results from the negligent operation of a motor vehicle or that results from driving while committing an unlawful act that does not amount to a felony’. Additionally, it can be defined simply as the ‘reckless killing of another by the operation of an automobile, airplane, boat or other motor vehicle’.
The word ‘reckless’ is of importance in that definition. In order to be convicted of vehicular homicide, the state must prove that the defendant acted with disregard and created an unjustifiable risk of death or serious injury. Two common ways for recklessness to be demonstrated are driving while intoxicated and street racing. Both of those cases demonstrate reckless behavior, and can lead to a vehicular homicide charge.
Generally, vehicular homicide is a Class C felony, punishable by a minimum of several years in prison. When the case involves DUI, the charge is often elevated to a Class B felony and the prison term is longer for a conviction.
The Issacs Law Firm is prepared to defend you against these very serious charges. Give us a call at 865-673-4953 and we will schedule a free initial consultation.