West Chester Charges of DUI Causing Death
Let Our West Chester DUI Attorney Protect Your Rights
If you have been arrested for DUI causing death, also known as aggravated vehicular homicide, our legal team at The Meadows Law Firm can help you obtain the results you desire. We have an in-depth understanding of Ohio laws and court processes that we can help navigate through any legal complications you may face.
With over 45 years of combined experience, our criminal defense lawyers have helped many of our clients get their charges reduced or their case entirely thrown out.
Vehicular Homicide vs Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide occurs when an individual operates a motor vehicle and causes the death of another person or another’s unborn child due to recklessness and negligence. On the other hand, aggravated vehicular homicide involves the same elements as a simple vehicle homicide; however, the offender was under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or other controlled substances.
An aggravated vehicular homicide (DUI causing death) is considered a second-degree felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence between two and eight years and a fine of up to $15,000. In addition to these penalties, your license will be revoked.
However, the charge may be upgraded to a first-degree felony if one of the following prerequisites are met:
- Your license was suspended when the offense occurred
- You have a prior vehicular assault or DUI with serious bodily injury conviction
- You have been previously convicted of another traffic-related assault, manslaughter, or homicide
- You were convicted of three or more prior OVI offenses within the last six years
- You have a second or subsequent DUI felony conviction
- You have three or more convictions for a combination of any of the violations above
A first-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence between three and 11 years, a fine of up to $20,000, and license revocation. It is the highest level of felony under Ohio law.
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Our West Chester DUI Attorneys understand how the prosecution will handle your case and will advise you every step of the way. These types of cases attract significant media attention, making you guilty in the eyes of the public before the trial even begins. With us on your side, our legal team can develop a relentless and customized strategy in order to get your life back to normal.