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Vehicular Manslaughter Defense in Arizona

Protecting Your Rights and Future

Vehicular manslaughter is a serious offense that carries severe consequences in Arizona, even if you have never been in trouble before. Someone charged can face anywhere from 7-21 years in prison if convicted. It is considered no different than manslaughter, and as such these cases are handled and tried in the same way. Vehicular manslaughter is a terrible and devastating charge. The loss of life resulting from this tragic accident can have devastating effects on everyone involved. 

At The Litwak Law Group, we understand the gravity of these cases and the need for experienced legal representation. As authorities in vehicular manslaughter defense, we are committed to providing dedicated advocacy and protecting our clients’ rights. If you or someone you know is charged with vehicular manslaughter in Arizona, contact The Litwak Law Group for help.

Understanding Vehicular Manslaughter in Arizona

Vehicular manslaughter, as defined by A.R.S. §13-1103, occurs when an individual recklessly causes the death of another person while operating a vehicle. In Arizona, this offense is viewed as a serious crime due to its potential to cause significant harm and loss of life.

Vehicular manslaughter can arise from a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Drunk or impaired driving
  • Distracted driving (e.g., texting, talking on the phone)
  • Excessive speeding or reckless driving
  • Failure to obey traffic laws (e.g., running red lights, stop signs)
  • Fatigued driving or falling asleep at the wheel

Due to the loss of life, vehicular manslaughter carries significantly graver consequences compared to a DUI accident resulting in injury. Individuals may face sentencing enhancements for the use of a “deadly weapon or dangerous instrument,” which makes even a first time offender prison mandatory if convicted.  In cases of vehicular manslaughter, it often comes down to the person’s mental state. If an individual operates a vehicle while under the influence, their actions can be regarded as reckless. 

Second degree murder is sometimes charged in vehicular homicide cases. That charge states that without premeditation a person intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, the person recklessly engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death and thereby causes the death of another person. The mental state here is a greater mental state for the state to prove at trial. Reckless manslaughter is a lesser included offense of second degree murder. 

Possible Punishments for Vehicular Manslaughter in Arizona

The penalties for vehicular manslaughter convictions can be severe. The specific punishment will depend on various factors, including the nature of the offense and the defendant’s criminal history. Potential consequences may include:

  • Lengthy imprisonment, ranging from several years to decades
  • Significant fines and restitution to the victim’s family
  • Probation and mandatory counseling or treatment programs
  • Suspension or revocation of driving privileges
  • Permanent criminal record, impacting employment and future opportunities
  • Revocation of driver license and driving privileges. 

Possible Defenses Against Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

Mounting a strong defense is crucial in vehicular manslaughter cases. Potential defenses may include:

  • Challenging the evidence and establishing doubt regarding the defendant’s mental state, or the cause of the accident
  • Examining factors such as road conditions, weather, or mechanical issues that may have contributed to the accident
  • Disputing blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test results or questioning the accuracy of other forensic evidence
  • Investigating potential witness bias, mistaken identity, or unreliable testimonies
  • Evaluating whether law enforcement followed proper procedures during the investigation and arrest
  • Maybe the behavior was only negligent as opposed to reckless, which would mean the person may have committed negligent homicide, a lower level offense, as opposed to manslaughter. 

Why Choose The Litwak Law Group for Vehicular Manslaughter Defense

At The Litwak Law Group, we are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and futures. Here’s why we are the right choice for your vehicular manslaughter defense:

  • Experience: Our skilled attorneys possess extensive experience in handling vehicular manslaughter cases. We have a deep understanding of Arizona’s legal system and can navigate its complexities effectively. We work with some of the best experts and investigators in the state to address every avenue of defense. 
  • Expertise: We have a proven track record of successful defense strategies and obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients. We have the knowledge and resources to build a strong defense tailored to your unique circumstances.
  • Compassion: We recognize the sensitivity and emotional toll associated with vehicular manslaughter cases. Our team approaches each client with empathy and provides unwavering support throughout the legal process.
  • Personalized Approach: We understand that every case is different. We will thoroughly analyze the details of your situation, collaborate with experts when necessary, and develop a customized defense strategy aimed at achieving the best possible result.
  • Vigorous Advocacy: We will fiercely advocate for your rights and challenge the prosecution’s case at every turn. Our attorneys will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of your defense and work tirelessly to secure a positive outcome.

Litwak Law Group – Your Legal Advocates

If you are facing vehicular manslaughter charges in Arizona, you need experienced and dedicated legal representation to protect your rights and future. The Litwak Law Group is here to help. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation, and let our expert attorneys guide you through the legal process, provide you with a strong defense, and fight for the best possible resolution. Your future is at stake, and we are ready to fight for you.