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Vehicular Assault in Washington State, Criminal Defense

Posted Friday, September 22, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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Vehicular Assault in Washington State is similar to a charge for DUI or Reckless Driving, but with far more tragic consequences.

Vehicular Assault is when a person operates a vehicle in a reckless manner, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or in a manner evidencing disregard for the safety of others and this driving results in substantial bodily harm to another person.

Under state law, a person is guilty of Vehicular Assault if he or she “operates or drives any vehicle:

• (a) In a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or

• (b) While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug … and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or

• (c) With disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another.” (RCW 46.61.522).

Hence there are three ways to commit a Vehicular Assault: reckless driving, DUI, or disregard for the safety of others. Each of these carries a different punishment under state law. Vehicular Assault committed while driving under the influence or recklessly typically results in harsher punishment.

Vehicular Assault is a Class B felony, which may be punishable by imprisonment for up to ten years, by a fine of up to $20,000, or both. If the person injured in the accident dies, then the driver may be charged with Vehicular Homicide.

If you are facing charges for Vehicular Assault, the skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC will provide you with tenacious defense in court. Our attorneys have built our reputation on defense of charges for DUI, reckless driving, and Vehicular Assault. We have successfully litigated Vehicular Assault charges to not guilty verdicts and obtained reduction from felony Vehicular Assault and Vehicular Homicide charges to misdemeanor charges like Reckless Driving and DUI. Our experience is extensive and our success is frequent.

Please remember we are available 24/7 if you find yourself the focus of an investigation for either Vehicular Assault or Homicide.

Come meet with us for a free consultation. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366, email us at, or fill out our online free consultation form today.

For more than 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been serving the people of King County, Snohomish County, and throughout Washington State with aggressive criminal defense services.