In the state of Tennessee, a person who drives under the influence and causes a crash which results in the death of another person has committed vehicular homicide. Vehicular homicide is a Class B felony. However, under certain other conditions, the prosecution may pursue a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, which is considered a Class A felony.
The difference between a vehicular homicide charge and an aggravated vehicular homicide charge essentially boils down to whether or not you have any prior convictions for DUI, vehicular assault or vehicular homicide, as well as your blood alcohol content at the time of the offense.
Every case presents unique circumstances. Generally speaking, if you have multiple previous DUI, vehicular assault or vehicular homicide convictions—OR if your BAC was over 0.20 at the time of the incident AND you have prior DUI convictions—then you may face aggravated vehicular homicide charges if you were involved in a DUI-related accident that resulted in a fatality.
Vehicular homicide is a Class B felony, punishable by a minimum of eight years in prison, a maximum of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000. Aggravated vehicular homicide is a Class A felony. If convicted, you will face a minimum of 15 years—and a maximum of 60 years—in prison, as well as a maximum fine of $50,000. Further, your license may be revoked for anywhere from three to 10 years, with no chance for a restricted driver’s license during the revocation period.
The penalties and fines associated with a felony DUI conviction pale in comparison to the stigma that will follow you for the rest of your life as a convicted felon. At the Garza Law Firm, we understand the high stakes involved in a vehicular homicide case, and we are prepared to help you obtain the best possible outcome for your case.
Marcos Garza is an experienced DUI attorney based in Knoxville. If you have been charged with vehicular homicide or aggravated vehicular homicide in the state of Tennessee, don’t leave your case to chance. Call the Garza Law Firm today to schedule a free, no-risk consultation to discuss the details of your case.
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