Prosecutors can file a Washington Vehicular Homicide charge when the death of a person occurs “within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person” when:
The driver was operating a motor vehicle:
- While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, as defined by RCW 46.61.502; or
- In a reckless manner; or
- With disregard for the safety of others.
Essentially, if you have been drinking while driving and an automobile accident occurs and someone dies as result of that accident you could possibly be charged with Vehicular Homicide. In Washington, Vehicular Homicide is a class A felony. Prior offenses will result in an additional two years of incarceration for each prior.
There are severe consequences being convicted of a felony including prison. You must contact an experienced Washington Vehicular Homicide attorney. Contact us today for a free legal consultation to discuss your arrest and case immediately.