The government can file a Washington Vehicular Assault charge when a person operating a motor vehicle drives:
(a) In a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or
(b) While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, as defined by RCW 46.61.502, and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or
(c) With disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another.
(2) Vehicular assault is a class B felony punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW.
(3) As used in this section, “substantial bodily harm” has the same meaning as in RCW 9A.04.110.
Essentially, if you have been drinking while driving and an auto accident occurs and someone is seriously injured as result of that accident you could possibly be charged with Vehicular Assault. In Washington, Vehicular Assault is a class B felony.
There are serious consequences being convicted of a felony including prison. You must contact an experienced Washington Vehicular Assault attorney. Contact us immediately for a free consultation to discuss your criminal legal matter.