If you have been charged with alcohol-related vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, you are at the beginning of a long legal process. You will face many court appearances and other challenges.
I’m Schöen Parnell, a DUI lawyer with offices in Lynnwood and Kirkland. Vehicular assault and vehicular homicide are very serious accusations. You have been charged with drastically changing the lives of others. Now the state wants to change your life and the lives of your family.
If you drive through a stop sign and injure someone in a car accident while you are sober, you may only receive a traffic infraction. However, if the state can prove that the accident was alcohol or drug-related, you can be charged with vehicular assault, which is a felony. A felony conviction can result in a mandatory prison sentence and a lifetime criminal record. If the person in the other vehicle died, you can be charged with vehicular homicide or manslaughter.
You do not have to be intoxicated to be charged with vehicular assault or vehicular homicide. That’s why it’s important not to say anything to police officers or to anyone other than your lawyer after an alcohol-related accident. Otherwise, you could end up giving the state the evidence it needs to convict you.
I can’t guarantee you a result in any case, but I can guarantee that I will fight to have you cleared of DUI or alcohol-related accident charges.