Vehicular Homicide

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Definition - What does Vehicular Homicide mean?

Vehicular homicide is a criminal charge for causing the death of another person during the operation of a motor vehicle. The fatality is a result of driving illegally, or in a manner that is grossly negligent or reckless, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or speeding. Vehicular homicide is also known as vehicular manslaughter or homicide by vehicle.

SureHire explains Vehicular Homicide

A charge of vehicular homicide that is brought about by reckless or negligent operation of a vehicle must be substantiated by evidence that the perpetrator was cognizant of the potential outcome and disregarded the consequences. If the charge is a result of driving under the influence, evidence must be provided to show that the driver was operating a vehicle while under the influence and that a death resulted from this action.

Vehicular homicide is charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending upon the circumstances. Where it is classified as a misdemeanor, it is treated as a minor crime carrying a punishment of a fine or a prison term of up to one year. If the vehicular homicide is considered a felony, punishment takes the form of a prison term.

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