Tennessee Vehicular Homicide / Assault Defense Attorney and DUI Criminal Defense Lawyer Located in Knoxville, TN
It is common knowledge that it is illegal to drive while intoxicated, but not everybody is aware that they can be prosecuted for vehicular assault if someone is injured as a result of their driving while intoxicated. In Tennessee, person commits vehicular assault when, as a result of their intoxication, they recklessly cause serious bodily injury to another person by the operation of a motor vehicle. In this context, the term “recklessly” means that the individual was aware of, but consciously disregarded, a substantial and unjustifiable risk that his conduct would cause serious bodily injury to another person.
Vehicular assault is a Class D Felony, punishable by up to 12 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000. Additionally, an individual convicted of vehicular assault will have their driver’s license revoked for a period of one year of their first offence, two years for their second, three years for their third, and five years for their fourth or subsequent conviction.
If you have been charged with a vehicular homicide don’t trust your freedom with just any Tennessee criminal defense law firm.
Similar to vehicular assault is the offense of vehicular homicide. Defined in Tennessee as the reckless killing of another by the operation of an automobile, airplane, motorboat or other motor vehicle, where such killing was the proximately caused by the driver’s intoxication, drag racing, other conduct creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to a person, or conduct in a posted construction zone where the person killed was an employee of the department of transportation.
The classification for vehicular homicide varies depending on the type of conduct that led to the accident. Where the accident occurred as a result of the driver’s intoxication, vehicular homicide in this context constitutes a Class B Felony, punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.
The Tennessee trial attorneys at the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, PC have more than 40 years experience in the courtroom.
If you or someone you know has been charged with vehicular assault or vehicular homicide, it is critical that you obtain the assistance of an experienced attorney immediately. The attorneys at The Law Office of James A.H. Bell, P.C. have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to defend your case fight for your interests. Our attorneys have been successfully defending vehicular assault and vehicular homicide charges in and around the Knoxville area for decades. Additionally, our in-house private investigator conducts an independent investigation into the facts of every new case. Put our experience to work for you, and call one of our knowledgeable attorneys located in Knoxville, TN to schedule a free consultation today.