In a world full of daily commuters, busy errand-runners, and road trips, accidents are bound to happen. Additionally, despite the many safety features in cars and defensive driving employed by many motorists, they can also be dangerous – even fatal. If you have been involved in an accident that caused the loss of another’s life, you could be facing a homicide by vehicle.
Homicide by vehicle is a serious charge with strong penalties. Hiring a qualified Chester County criminal defense lawyer can help better your chances at protecting your rights and your future.
If you have been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, it is imperative that you hire a lawyer with experience on both sides of the courtroom. Michael Skinner is the founder of the Skinner Law Firm and a skilled defense attorney with experience prosecuting cases as an assistant D.A. He will fight for your rights and your freedom by using his prosecution experience to pick apart the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and build a point-by-point customized defense.
He will fight for your rights and your freedom by using his prosecution experience to pick apart the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and build a point-by-point customized defense.
The Skinner Law Firm serves West Chester and the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania including Delaware County. Contact (610) 436-1410 to learn more about your defense options during an open and honest assessment of your case.
In Pennsylvania, the law differentiates between a homicide by vehicle offense and a homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence offense. Vehicular homicide while DUI – commonly referred to as aggravated vehicular homicide in other states – is a much more serious offense. Simple homicide by vehicle is defined in Title 75, Section 3732 of the Pennsylvania Code.
This law states that any person who recklessly or negligently causes the death of another person while violating any municipal, county, or state traffic offense in Pennsylvania. The decedent can be a passenger in your car, the driver or passenger of another car, a pedestrian, or in any other location – so long as your reckless or grossly negligent actions were the direct cause of the person’s death you could be charged with homicide by vehicle.
Homicide by vehicle is a felony of the third degree in Pennsylvania. This is a serious offense that comes with severe penalties that will vary based on the details of your case. The standard penalties that come with a vehicular homicide conviction are:
If the prosecution can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the vehicular homicide offense in an active work zone or violated code sections related to the duty of a driver in emergency response areas or on approach of an emergency vehicle, you are facing an additional five years of prison time and/or probation. Additionally, a felony conviction stays on your record and can seriously affect your future.
With a felony on your record, you could be barred from certain housing, employment, and educational opportunities as well as have basic rights such as the right to own a gun taken away. An experienced attorney for traffic crimes in West Chester PA, can fight for you to keep these rights, your freedom, and your future.
You are already facing an uphill, emotional battle with a homicide by vehicle charge. Let the experienced attorneys at the Skinner Law Firm take care of the legalities of guiding your case and ensuring your right to due process is exercised.
We will work hard to customize a defense and consult you frequently to make sure we are working towards the same goal. Your first consultation with us is free and honest, so call (610) 436-1410 today to see what we can do for you.