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Vehicular homicide: Proving you weren't reckless helps your case

Involuntary manslaughter charges are hard to bear, because not only did you not intend to harm someone, but you're also facing penalties for doing so. You live with the guilt of your actions already, but the courts want to see you pay with your freedoms.

If you're accused of involuntary manslaughter after being involved in a drunk driving crash or other situation, it's important to defend yourself. Your attorney can help you reduce the charges or reduce the penalties you face.

What penalties do you face for vehicular homicide?

If you're involved in a crash that causes death, you face penalties in Tennessee. Vehicular homicide is defined as the reckless killing of another person while driving, so a strong defense will show that you were not being reckless at the time of the collision. If it's shown that you were intoxicated at the time of the crash, you face a Class B felony. If not, it's a Class C felony.

What are the penalties for different felony classes?

A Class C felony is definitely preferred over a Class B. Class C felonies have reduced penalties in comparison. Class C felonies have sentences that range from three to 15 years and fines of up to $10,000. Class B felonies, on the other hand, have sentences of eight to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.

Beyond these penalties, you may also face a wrongful death lawsuit. The victim's family has a right to file this lawsuit separately from any criminal penalties you face. It's possible to be found innocent of vehicular homicide charges while still ending up liable for the individual's death.

These accusations are serious, and you need to defend yourself to protect against penalties that could threaten your freedoms.

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