A person may be guilty of vehicular manslaughter in New York or NYC if he commits the following:
- Operates a motor vehicle, vessel or public vessel while intoxicated by alcohol or any drugs and causes the death of another person
- Operates a heavy vehicle that is carrying flammable gas, radioactive materials or explosives while impaired by alcohol, and causes a person’s death from the chemicals, etc., on the vehicle
- Operates a snowmobile or ATV while intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol and causes the death of another person
These types of vehicular manslaughter are a class D felony.
You may be charged with a class C felony if you commit vehicular manslaughter in these ways:
- With a .18 blood alcohol level
- With a revoked or suspended license
- Previously convicted of violating any provisions of section 1192 of the vehicle and traffic code
- Causing the death of more than one person
- With a child 15 years or less in the vehicle and the child dies as a result
- Previously convicted of violating any provisions of this article or article 120
Being charged with vehicular manslaughter can be very challenging, and fighting such a charge requires the knowledge of an experienced New York criminal defense attorney. Lisa Pelosi is such an attorney, and she will put her extensive understanding of criminal law to work for you. Call her today.