If you get into a fatal car accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or while otherwise driving negligently or recklessly, you can be charged with a vehicular homicide in addition to normal DUI or reckless driving charges. The charge can be Negligent Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter, Second Degree Murder, or even First Degree Murder, depending on the circumstances. It does not matter that you never intended to kill anyone or that the death was caused by an accident. The state need only prove that you acted with criminal negligence, criminal recklessness, extremely indifference to human life, or that you were committing particular felony offenses (like fleeing from law enforcement) when the accident occurred. You can be charged with these offenses even if the deceased was a friend or family member.
The punishment for vehicular homicides in Arizona can range from probation to life in prison, so it is critical to consult with an experience vehicular homicide attorney about your case. We have successfully defended these cases in the past and would be happy to discuss your case with you. If you or a loved one has been charges with any type of vehicular homicide in Arizona, you can call us for a free consultation at (520) 314-4125 or contact us online.
Consult the following links for more information about Arizona Criminal and DUI laws, as well as local court information: