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Vehicular Homicide in Washington State, Criminal Defense

Posted Friday, September 22, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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Vehicular Homicide in Washington State is a very serious offence with tragic consequences.

Vehicular homicide is when a person causes the death of another while driving in a reckless manner, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or with disregard for the safety of others. The death must ensue within three years and as a proximate result of the injury caused by the driving. Like vehicular assault, DUI and reckless driving carry stiffer penalties than disregard for the safety of others.

Under state law, a person is guilty of Vehicular Assault when “the death of any person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person ” and the driver “was operating a motor vehicle:

• (a) While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or

• (b) In a reckless manner; or

• (c) With disregard for the safety of others. (RCW 46.61.520).

The law sets forth three ways in which Vehicle Homicide can be committed: while driving under the influence, driving in a reckless manner, or with a disregard for the safety of others. Depending on the facts of the case, each of these may carry a different punishment under state law. Generally, Vehicular Homicide committed while driving under the influence or recklessly results in harsher punishment.

Vehicular Assault is a Class A felony, the most serious type of criminal offense. A Class A felony may be punishable by confinement in a state correctional institution for a term of life imprisonment, or by a fine of $50,000, or both.

If a person suffers serious bodily injury as a result of the accident, but does not die, then the driver may be charged with Vehicular Assault.

If you are facing charges for Vehicular Homicide, your freedom is on the line. The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC will provide you with tenacious defense in court to combat these serious charges.

Our attorneys have built our reputation on defense of charges for DUI, reckless driving, Vehicular Assault, and Vehicular Homicide. We have successfully litigated Vehicular Assault charges to not guilty verdicts and obtained reduction from felony Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault charges to misdemeanor charges like Reckless Driving. Our experience is extensive and our success is frequent.

Please remember we are available 24/7 at 425-883-3366 if you find yourself the focus of an investigation for either Vehicular Assault or Homicide.

Lizanne Padula of Padula & Associates, LLC was appointed to serve as a Judge Pro-Tem in Snohomish County in May of 2017. She also serves as the Board President for Citizens for Judicial Excellence (CJE), teaches Ethics as part of the Continuing Legal Education credits (CLEs) offered by CJE, and teaches CLEs for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL).

Padula & Associates, LLC will fiercely advocate on your behalf. For more than 20 years we have proudly defended the rights of people in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

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