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What Is Vehicular Manslaughter?

Vehicle manslaughter is defined in the state of California as driving a motor vehicle in a way that results in the unlawful killing of another person.

This can be classified in a variety of different ways, including:

  • Misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, involving negligent disobedience of traffic laws
  • Gross vehicular manslaughter, meaning reckless disregard for safety and/or driving behavior that creates a high risk of injury or death for others
  • Insurance fraud vehicular manslaughter, which includes deliberately causing another person’s death or playing a part in such an accident in order to file a fraudulent claim and make personal financial gain
  • Murder, which requires forethought, planning, and/or acts which directly caused a high risk of injury or death, regardless of whether the person responsible intended to kill another person

Penalties for a Vehicular Manslaughter Conviction

The possible consequences for each category of vehicular manslaughter are as follows:

  • Misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter
    • Maximum of 1 year in jail
    • Maximum of $1,000 in fines
  • Gross vehicular manslaughter
    • Maximum of 1 year in jail and $1,000 in fines (if considered a misdemeanor)
    • Maximum of 6 years in prison (if considered a felony)
    • 15 years to life in prison (if the accused driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident)
  • Insurance fraud vehicular manslaughter
    • Maximum of 10 years in prison
  • Negligent vehicular manslaughter
    • Maximum of 1 year in jail and $1,000 in fines (if considered a misdemeanor)
    • Maximum of 4 years in jail (if considered a felony)
  • Murder
    • 15 years to life in prison (if considered second-degree murder, as is often the case)

Charges of vehicular manslaughter can ruin your life, but that doesn’t have to be your story. By calling the Law Offices of Christian Kim as soon as possible, you can protect yourself, your future, and your loved ones. We are available 24/7 (including evenings, holidays, and weekends), and we are prepared to get started on your case right away.

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    Attorney Christian Kim is committed to using his extensive experience as a former prosecutor and as a Santa Ana criminal defense attorney to aggressively and competently defend the rights of those accused of wrongdoing.
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    Mr. Kim believes that anything less than complete honesty is a disservice to his clients. You deserve complete and frank communication from your attorney in order to make informed decisions in your case.
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    Maintaining the highest level of professionalism with all of his clients is a priority for Mr. Kim. Each client is treated respectfully and courteously and all phone calls are returned promptly.
  • Experience
    After more than 7 years serving the Orange County area as a prosecutor and now over 14 years as a criminal defense attorney, Christian Kim has experience on both sides. His unique history gives him the one-of-a-kind perspective that your case needs.
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