Vehicular Assault is defined in RCW 46.61.522 and Vehicular Homicide is defined in RCW 46.61.520 These two crimes are basically a DUI or Reckless Driving with 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. Hence there are three ways to commit a vehicular assault: reckless, DUI or disregard for safety of others (DSO). Each one of these has different levels of seriousness and different punishments. DUI and reckless are the more serious.
Vehicular homicide is defined as causing 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 safety of others.
Padula & Associates built its reputation on defense of DUI and reckless driving charges. Vehicular assaults and vehicular homicide cases are the same as DUI and reckless but with much more at stake for our clients. We have successfully litigated these charges to not guilty verdicts and obtained reduction from vehicular assault and homicide to misdemeanors 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.