DUI and Vehicular Homicide in Nevada
Reno DUI Attorney
According to Nevada state law, vehicular manslaughter occurs when a driver’s
simple negligence behind the wheel causes the death of another person.
“Simple negligence” indicates a failure to act in a manner
that a responsible person would in a situation, and can include things
like not yielding at a stop sign, texting while driving, running a red
light, or not having their headlights turned on at night. This type of
charge is a misdemeanor in Nevada.
However, vehicular homicide caused by drunk driving deals with a much more
serious, willful disregard of the safety of others and is thus considered
a felony offense. Since driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
is a leading cause of car crash deaths in Nevada, these types of cases
are vigorously prosecuted and can lead to serious consequences.
Vehicular Manslaughter vs. Vehicular Homicide
Nevada distinguishes between vehicular manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
As mentioned above, vehicular manslaughter involves careless driving and
does not include drug offenses. For a case to be considered a vehicular
homicide, the defendant must have been under the influence of drugs or
alcohol at the time of the accident and have 3 prior DUI convictions on record.
DUI-related vehicular homicide and is one of the most serious charges a
Nevada driver can face for allegedly causing a car accident. Vehicular
homicide charges are punished by 10 to 25 years in prison, and may or
may not include the possibility of parole after 10 years.
Get Help with Your Charges – Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Today!
If you have been arrested for vehicular manslaughter, we urge you to contact
Joey Gilbert Law as soon as possible to secure the aggressive representation
you need to fight your charges. We understand that being arrested can
be a frightening time, but remember that just because you have been charged
doesn’t mean that you are guilty. Attorney Joey Gilbert can review
your case and put together a solid defense to possibly get your charges
reduced or dismissed.
With your future at stake, there is no time to delay. For more information
and to set up a
free initial consultation, please contact our firm at (775) 574-4774.