Massachusetts Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer
What Is Vehicular Manslaughter?
Vehicular manslaughter is a separate charge from motor vehicle homicide. Motor vehicle homicide may or may not result from a driver operating under the influence, but Melanie's Law created a new offense of vehicular manslaughter, which carries harsher penalties. The law defines manslaughter as "an unlawful killing unintentionally caused by wanton or reckless conduct." Anyone who is convicted of committing manslaughter while driving under the influence will be convicted of Manslaughter by Motor Vehicle.
If you have been arrested for vehicular manslaughter, you need a seasoned OUI lawyer in Massachusetts who can guide you through this time. Call our firm at (413) 831-5579!
What Penalties Am I Up Against?
A conviction of manslaughter by motor vehicle leads to very serious penalties, and these could be enhanced if you have multiple OUI convictions.
If you are convicted of vehicular manslaughter, your sentence will include:
- A mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in state prison. Depending on the circumstances, the sentence may be between 5-20 years in the state prison.
- A fine of up to $25,000.
- License suspension ranging from 15 years to a permanent, lifetime loss of driving privileges.
This is a serious charge to face alone, which is why you need the help of a Massachusetts vehicular manslaughter attorney.
Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney Serving Massachusetts
The team at our firm has tried over 400 cases to juries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and many of these cases were OUI- related charges. We have extensive experience in OUI law and may be able to defend you against a manslaughter by motor vehicle charge.
Our lawyers understand the fear, distress, and pressure overwhelming you at this time, but the assistance of a skilled defense team can be the difference between conviction and lesser charges. We examine every aspect of our clients' cases, including their arrests, field sobriety tests, and breath or blood tests, to create a comprehensive strategy to fight their serious charges. We devote a large portion of our practice to defending individuals charged with OUI-related offenses. You need to be represented by a legal professional who is knowledgeable in the law and will relentlessly fight for you. Do not wait another moment; retain the services of a dedicated OUI attorney immediately.
If you are charged with vehicular manslaughter and require a legal counsel, contact our Massachusetts vehicular manslaughter lawyers for trusted guidance.
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Attorney Joseph D. Bernard is the only lawyer in Massachusetts to have completed the breath test training conducted by the state police.
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We understand OUI cases from both sides of the fence and know exactly how to defend our clients.
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Attorney Joseph Bernard is the only lawyer in Massachusetts to be certified by the international acclaimed Borkenstein drug and alcohol courses.