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
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
vehicular manslaughter 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 vehicular
manslaughter 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.
Consult with a Kansas City Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney Today
Don't face your
DUI charges alone. A vehicular manslaughter 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.