Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault are serious felony offenses in which motor vehicle accidents involve the death or serious injury of a person (who may be a passenger in the driver’s vehicle) and where the driver is alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and/or driving recklessly at the time of the accident. These are very sensitive and emotional cases where it may be either a stranger or a friend or family member that was injured or killed. A skilled attorney experienced in handling serious cases is needed to effectively analyze the evidence and build a defense.
These challenging cases require detailed investigation and analysis of the evidence of impairment (usually a blood draw, which must be performed according to strict legal requirements) and the circumstances of the accident. Preparation and trial of these cases may take several months or more and usually requires expert witnesses such as accident reconstruction and toxicology specialists. Punishment upon conviction can involve several years in prison.