Vehicular Manslaughter – Arizona Revised Statute §13-1103
Vehicular Manslaughter is an allegation that the Defendant “Recklessly” caused the death of another using a vehicle. Unfortunately, this type of charge is often brought under general Manslaughter laws, so as to maximize the potential for punishment.
Additionally, because this charge is brought under the general Manslaughter laws, the prosecutor will almost always allege that this crime involved the use of a “Deadly Weapon or Dangerous Instrument,” therefore charging “Manslaughter Dangerous.” In this case, the prosecutor is alleging that the vehicle itself is the “Deadly Weapon or Dangerous Instrument.”
If proven at trial, that the Defendant “Recklessly caused the death of another, using a Deadly Weapon or Dangerous Instrument (a car),” the Defendant is looking at 7 – 21 years in prison. Even if the Defendant had a perfectly clean criminal record prior to this incident.
There is something an experienced Vehicular Crimes Defense Attorney can do, however, and it is important to hire someone who is not only experienced in Manslaughters generally, but Vehicular Manslaughters specifically.
There are a number of different issues that can be addressed, to hopefully reduce down that potential for 7 – 21 years in prison, to something that could potentially open up the possibility of probation.
Because of the amount of work that goes into a Vehicular Manslaughter case, it is not surprising that this type of case can be extremely expensive to hire an experienced Attorney.
While the AZ DUI Team Lawyers are experienced, and can represent a person charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, there is an alternative to full representation called Knapp Counsel representation. This can be less than half of the cost of full representation, with many of the benefits that come with having an experienced, private Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney representing you.
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