Hi, I am Scott Maasen with the Maasen Law Firm. Today, in this video, I want to talk to you about vehicular homicide type of cases and possible penalties.
Vehicular Manslaughter vs. Second Degree Murder
In Arizona, there usually are two different types. Either a Manslaughter charge is when someone is driving on the road, they are acting recklessly, which means they usually have drugs or alcohol in their system. Then the accident occurs and someone dies. That’s a manslaughter charge. It’s a Class 2 dangerous felony, so it’s a very serious offence. It’s up to a 7-to-21 year prison range even on a first offense if the case isn’t reduced or negotiated down.
The second type of charge you have is second-degree murder. In Arizona, that is more serious than a manslaughter offence. That shows that someone acted in such extreme indifference to life and had to get alcohol or drugs in their system and someone died. The example on that would be someone going down the freeway at over a 100 miles an hour, at a very high speed with drugs or alcohol in their system. Then they cause an accident and someone dies in that. So, very serious. In that type of second-degree murder, the prison range is anywhere from 10 years to 25 years in prison, even as a first offence.
There are options with Vehicular Homicide cases
The good news if you’re facing these type of charges, they have options. There are a lot of things that can be done and investigate your case. Things can be done on your behalf to get you through that case and not have those penalties happen to you.
Look for Experienced Specialists
But early on, if you are charged with that you need to talk with an experienced DUI attorney in these type of cases. DUI cases and homicide cases that are cases involving vehicles. The information is very technical. It’s very scientific and you really need to understand your options and your rights to help you get through that.
Maasen Law Firm Specializes in Vehicular Homicide Cases
We do those kind of cases at our office. We have a really great track record and results for our clients. If you have any questions, feel free to call me anytime. After hours or weekends is fine. We offer free consultation and I am happy to talk with you about that in more detail.