Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney in Pittsburgh
If you are reading this, you have likely gone through one of the worst experiences of your life – causing the death of another human. And what you are now facing is a confusing world within the courts of law and the court of public opinion. If you aren’t the one facing vehicular manslaughter charges, then you are likely seeking out the right criminal defense representation to help your loved one through this tough time.
At DRK Lawyers, we can promise you one thing: we will stand by your side at all times, doing what we can to protect your rights, your freedom, and your reputation. We know that what is going on in your life is likely the scariest thing you have ever experienced. We will strive to put your concerns at ease, so you feel you have some control over how your life moves forward.
Breaking Down the Basics of Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide, or “homicide by vehicle” under Pennsylvania state law, provides for criminal consequences for a driver who negligently or recklessly causes the death of another person while violating a traffic law. Instances of this include causing the death of another when:
- Running a red light
- Driving aggressively (“road rage”)
- Driving under the influence of drugs of alcohol
The direct consequences of a conviction for homicide by vehicle, which is a third-degree felony, include fines up to $15,000 and a prison sentence of up to seven years. Any homicide by vehicle that occurred as a direct result of drinking or drug use will result in a mandatory prison sentence. Consequences also include administrative actions regarding your driving privileges. As a result of all of this, you could also find yourself without a job, without the means to provide for your family, and without hope for getting the education, loans, housing or employment you may need in the future.
How Our Pittsburgh Vehicular Manslaughter Attorneys Can Help You
First and foremost, we will provide you with individualized attention so you can get the answers and direction you need. Second, we will put our years of experience working as prosecutors to work in crafting your defense. We know what the prosecution has to prove, and we know exactly where to look for potential loopholes and weaknesses. Finally, we will always seek the best outcome possible for you, with the goal of having the court dismiss or greatly lessen the charges against you.