Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

Fatal Accidents Caused by Drunk Driving

The laws regarding vehicular manslaughter in Missouri are found in RSMo. §565.024 and in Kansas in K.S.A. 21-5406. When a person operates a car or truck while intoxicated and recklessly causes the death of another person, they can be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Drunk driving accidents and resulting fatalities are one of the most common causes of highway deaths in Kansas and Missouri. If you are facing charges of DUI and / or vehicular manslaughter, you have a better chance of securing a favorable outcome for your defense case if you enlist the help of an experienced DUI attorney.

Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter

In Missouri, Vehicular manslaughter committed while intoxicated is treated as either a Class C felony or a Class B felony. It is a Class C felony if the incident results in the death of one other person in the other vehicle, but it becomes a Class B felony if another person is killed or if the drunk driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. A Class B felony is punishable by five to 15 years in jail or prison. A Class C felony incurs a fine of up to $5,000 and a prison sentence of up to 7 years. Such penalties can turn your life upside down, so hire an experienced Kansas City DUI lawyer immediately.

In Kansas, Vehicular manslaughter is generally an A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in jail. However, combined with a DUI, the charge is elevated to Involuntary Manslaughter under K.S.A. 21-5405 and becomes a Level 4 person felony. Such a charge carries with it a prison sentence of anywhere from 38 to 172 months in prison.

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Don't face your DUI charges alone. A lawyer will be able to give you the counsel you need to avoid self-incrimination and can aggressively fight to have your charges dropped or your case dismissed. Attorney Paul W. Burmaster has more than two decades of experience and constantly improves his understanding of Kansas DUI Laws and Missouri DUI laws through lecturing and membership with the National College for DUI Defense. Contact our firm today to take action and start defending against your DUI charges.

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