An individual commits vehicular homicide when he or she unintentionally causes the death of another while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. This charge is extremely serious and a conviction for it could mean the following penalties:
- A mandatory minimum of 25 years' imprisonment
- Fine of up to $10,000, but not less than $1,000, plus a 35 percent surcharge
- Court costs
- Mandatory $150,000 restitution to victim's estate
Substance abuse evaluation and treatment if recommended
- Mandatory six-year license suspension
If you or a loved one is facing these charges, it is absolutely imperative that you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to look at all options and begin working toward the best possible outcome in your criminal case.
Vehicular Homicide And OWI
At Culp, Doran & Genest, P.L.C., we have worked extensively on these types of cases — including more than 5,000 OWI cases and numerous vehicular homicide cases — against prosecutors and before judges in Iowa. We bring a comprehensive knowledge of these charges and will take every step within the law to protect your rights at all stages in your case.
We take an aggressive and immediate approach to defending your rights, and we begin our investigation by questioning witnesses, obtaining any reports, investigating the accident scene, and challenging any police or prosecutorial misconduct or any violation of your constitutional rights.
Many vehicular manslaughter cases are investigated while the suspected at-fault driver is receiving medical care at the hospital for the injuries he or she sustained in the accident. In the majority of cases, the evidence of alcohol or drug impairment comes from information the suspect voluntarily gives law enforcement officials.
When you partner with us, we will immediately begin doing everything we can to protect your rights from the outset of the case and throughout the process.
To discuss any aspect of a vehicular homicide charge with one of our Des Moines vehicular homicide defense lawyers, call 515-288-3333 or email the firm.