With this new reorganizing of laws in relation to criminal vehicular operation, it will be more difficult to not be convicted of a crime if you are involved in a car accident where a person was injured or was killed. To be clear, it has always been seen as a crime to have killed someone in the event of a car accident. Now the law has changed that even if you cause someone bodily harm it is also treated as a criminal case.
There are four main ways that you may receive a criminal charge for causing bodily injury to someone in a vehicular collision:
1. If you are seen as being grossly negligent.
2. Being grossly negligent while under the effects of a chemical substance.
3. Leaving the scene after an accident.
4. Having prior knowledge that your vehicle was not working properly and you didn’t seek repairs immediately after the problem was known.
If you are being charged with criminal vehicular operation/homicide, it is crucial that you seek a lawyer immediately in order to defend your case. There are some hefty fines and potentially years in jail that you may face if you are convicted of such a crime.
Even if a person receives minimal bodily harm, you can find yourself with a jail sentence of up to one year and a $3,000 fine, not to mention that they might hire a long term disability lawyer. It only goes up from there for each level of severity of harm caused to the other person. Maxing out the punishment for criminal vehicular homicide at 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Allowing an experienced lawyer to defend your case can help reduce the repercussions from the incident and could potentially leave you with a much smaller sentence. Be sure to have all of the details and facts ready in order for your lawyer to be able to represent you in the best light possible.