When someone else is injured or killed by a drunk driver, then the offender will also face a felony charge of vehicular assault or vehicular homicide. These two offenses are defined by the Washington state legislature as follows:
- Vehicular assault: The act of causing “substantial bodily harm to another” by driving recklessly, under the influence, or with complete disregard for the safety of others
- Vehicular homicide: The act of causing death to another (within three years after the accident) by driving recklessly, under the influence, or with complete disregard for the safety of others
Those charged with vehicular assault will face a Class B felony charge, which is punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 and a 10 year prison sentence. Vehicular homicide offenders, on the other hand, will be charged with a Class A felony. They will face a fine of up to $50,000 and/or a maximum sentence of life in prison.
If you have been charged with vehicular assault or vehicular manslaughter, then you will need a skilled and experienced DUI defense attorney to protect you. The Seattle DUI lawyers of Cowan Kirk can provide you with strong and reliable representation. To speak with us about your legal options, contact our offices today by calling 1-866-822-1230.