Defending Clients From Vehicular Homicide Charges
There is a significant difference between vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter. To be convicted of vehicular homicide, the prosecutor must prove criminal intent: Did a defendant knowingly and intentionally engage in criminal behavior with forethought or a blatant disregard for the safety and well-being of others? For this reason, vehicular homicide cases are not always straightforward. In vehicular homicide cases, the defendant’s statements often play a critical role in the prosecutor’s case. Therefore, if you are being investigated for vehicular homicide or think you might be, you should not speak with anyone before consulting a good criminal defense lawyer. What police or investigators say to a defendant during an interrogation and whether he or she is properly Mirandized or held in interrogative custody, can affect what is allowed in court as evidence.
At the criminal defense law office of Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima, our attorneys frequently work with private investigators, psychologists, forensic experts, and medical professionals in challenging the evidence offered by the prosecution in vehicular homicide cases. Our offices in Cincinnati, Lebanon and Oxford, help clients across Ohio.
If you’ve been arrested for vehicular homicide, contact criminal defense attorneys at Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can help you.
Facing Charges of Vehicular Homicide
The law office of Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima defends people charged with vehicular homicide involving the following:
- Fleeing the police
- Driving a stolen vehicle
- Drunk driving
- Excessive speeding
- Running a red light
- Killing a car passenger or pedestrian
- Reckless endangerment
- Passing a loading or unloading school bus
- Running another driver off the road
- Ramming another car/road rage
Reducing the Charges or Sentence Against You
While no outcome can be guaranteed, in cases where there is substantial reason to doubt the prosecution’s version of events, it may be possible to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether. Even if you were involved in a hit-and-run and fled from the police or sped through a red light, the prosecution has to establish your state of mind to justify a conviction of vehicular homicide.
Contact Cincinnati, Ohio, Vehicular Homicide Attorneys
If convicted for vehicular homicide, you could face a lengthy prison sentence or the death penalty, depending on the nature of your case. Before you agree to talk to investigators, contact vehicular homicide attorneys at Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima today to discuss your case.