Delaware Vehicular Homicide Defense Lawyer
A serious traffic accident is a terrible thing — and an accident in which a driver is killed is even more so. While legal protection may be the furthest thing from your mind immediately following a deadly accident, the sooner you contact a vehicular homicide defense lawyer, the easier it will be to ensure your rights are protected and that due process is followed in any criminal proceedings against you.
Consequences for a vehicle homicide conviction can be severe, ranging from large fines to jail time, as well as a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. If you have been in an accident, contact the vehicular homicide defense lawyers at Delaware’ Rahaim & Saints today. We have been providing professional representation against both criminal and traffic charges since 1993.Schedule my FREE Vehicular Homicide Consultation
Consequences of Vehicular Homicide
In Delaware, vehicular homicide is a felony covered under Section 630 of the state criminal code. According to the code, a charge of second degree vehicular homicide can be brought against an individual when:
- their driving in a “criminally negligent” manner leads to the death of another person
- they are driving under the influence of drugs and inadvertently cause the death of another person.
Second degree vehicular homicide is a class D felony which is punished by a minimum sentence of one year in prison. During this time, the prisoner will be unable to qualify for parole, probation, work release or any other similar program. In certain circumstances, typically when drugs or alcohol are involved, a more severe charge of first degree vehicular homicide will be leveled. In Delaware, first degree vehicular homicide is a class E felony that carries a minimum two year prison term, with no possibility of parole or early release.
Vehicular Homicide and Young Offenders
Under Delaware law, anyone under the age of 18 who has been charged with vehicular homicide will be tried and sentenced as an adult. Following a conviction, they will serve out their sentence in a juvenile detention center until they reach the age of 18, at which point they will be transferred to prison. Unlike adults, however, a young offender can apply for early release through parole or probation.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, young drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to get into a fatal accident than those 20 and over. Living with the consequences of a deadly accident is difficult enough — a steep prison sentence can radically alter the course of a young person’s life. For this reason, representation from a vehicular homicide defense attorney is essential to protecting your future.Meet Criminal Attorney Andrew Rahaim
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No matter how old you are, your immediate concern after a fatal accident should be taking care of your mental health and processing the complex mix of emotions you likely feel. Dealing with a potential charge of vehicular homicide shouldn’t be your primary concern.
Contact the skilled vehicular homicide defense lawyers at Delaware’s Rahaim & Saints to learn more about how we can help. During your free, initial consultation, we will assess your case and advise on the best way to proceed. Call our Wilmington or Newark office today for more information.