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Vehicular Manslaughter

If you have been charged in conjunction with DUI in Maricopa County, you need to hire an experienced Criminal Defense, capable of handling your case.  Vehicular manslaughter is a serious crime, but when it occurs as the result of drunk driving, it can reach a whole new level of severity.

Vehicular manslaughter is the crime of recklessly causing the death of another human. Possibly being due to an automobile accident, as a result of drunk driving, reckless driving or gross negligence. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding the charge, it may involve a mandatory prison sentence if convicted.  Drunk driving resulting in vehicular manslaughter is by far the most common form of this charge.  If an accident occurs and a passenger in the car dies as the result of drunk driving, felony vehicular manslaughter or murder may be charged.


In Arizona, there are no specific laws, but because a car can be considered to be a dangerous instrument, a vehicular manslaughter conviction carries harsh penalties. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding the crime, some possible penalties for a Vehicular Manslaughter conviction are:

  • Jail or Prison time
  • Heavy Fines
  • Revocation of drivers license
  • Probation

As an experienced Criminal Defense Firm, Sonoran Law Group realizes how important it is to thoroughly examine all facts and evidence surrounding any charge.  If it can be proved that the defendant was not reckless, due to another scenario causing the accident, or poor road or weather conditions led to the collision– the person charged may be able to avoid conviction. Oftentimes, accident deconstructionists and other experts are necessary to properly demonstrate.

If you were in an accident that resulted in a death, you are already very upset.  With the addition of a vehicular manslaughter charge, the stress can seem insurmountable. We know that you are facing a serious charge that could change your life, and that of your family.  That is why we’re dedicated to fully investigating and researching your case in order to build the best possible defense.  Your freedom and rights are extremely important, certainly, we will treat your case as such.