Vehicular Manslaughter Giving You a Fighting Chance

RI DUI Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer

Representing Those Accused of Vehicular Manslaughter

A DUI resulting in another's death is a serious offense. Even for a first violation, the conviction penalties are steep and can have profound and lasting consequences. The alleged offender may be subject to prison time, fines, and the loss of driving privileges. After they've completed their sentence, they may face substantial obstacles preventing them from accessing opportunities that would allow them to successfully re-enter society. For instance, they may be unable to get a job or a place to live. Because the stakes are so high in a DUI vehicular manslaughter case, if you've been accused, turn to a trusted criminal defense firm for the legal representation you need.

At The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq., our lead attorney, Tom Thomasian, has over 12 years of legal experience. He is committed to fighting to protect the rights and best interests of the accused. He has a Superb Avvo rating and was voted a Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer. Additionally, Tom has a firm understanding of DUI laws and is a member of the National College for DUI Defense®. When you turn to us, you can be sure that you will receive counsel from an attorney who knows what they're doing and how to work toward the best possible outcome on your behalf.

For reliable representation from our Rhode Island DUI vehicular manslaughter attorney, call us at (401) 312-4385 or contact us online. We offer a free initial consultation.

What Are the Legal Elements of Vehicular Manslaughter by DUI?

For a person to be convicted of DUI vehicular manslaughter, the prosecuting attorney must prove all of the elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. The elements are enumerated in R.I. General Laws § 31-27-2.2, which refers to the crime as driving under the influence of liquor or drugs, resulting in death.

The statute provides that a person may be guilty of the offense if:

  • They were operating a motor vehicle,
  • They were under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, and
  • The operation of the vehicle was the proximate cause of another's death.

At The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq., our DUI vehicular manslaughter lawyer in Rhode Island, knows that there are two sides to every story. We are ready to hear yours and determine an effective way to approach your case. By combing through the evidence, we can identify weaknesses in proof – errors or inconsistencies that cast doubt on the prosecuting attorney's case.

What Are the Penalties for DUI Vehicular Manslaughter in Rhode Island?

If a driver causes another's death because they were operating a vehicle while under the influence, they will be charged with a felony. Felonies are considered the most serious offense and carry steep punishments. The defendant's criminal history will determine what penalties they face.

Below are the possible outcomes of a DUI vehicular manslaughter conviction:

  • First violation:
    • Between 5 and 15 years' imprisonment
    • Between $5,000 and $10,000 in fines
    • Driver's license revocation for 5 years
    • Attendance in an alcohol or drug treatment
  • Second or subsequent violation:
    • Between 10 and 20 years' imprisonment
    • Between $10,000 and $20,000 in fines
    • Driver's license revocation for 5 years
    • Attendance in an alcohol or drug treatment

Furthermore, the defendant may be ordered to pay restitution to the victim's family if the case is brought to civil court.

Seeing that you could spend years to decades in prison can be frightening. But don't lose hope. With aggressive defense on your side, you increase your chances of seeking an optimal result and avoiding or minimizing penalties.

Our Rhode Island DUI vehicular manslaughter attorney is here to discuss the charge you're facing, courses of action, and potential outcomes. We want to relieve some of the stresses you're facing by providing sound advice and guidance throughout your case.

How an Attorney Can Help in Your Vehicular Manslaughter Case

At The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq., from the beginning of your case until its conclusion, we will not stop fighting for you. The judicial process can be confusing, especially for everyday people – the ones most likely to be arrested for DUI vehicular manslaughter in Rhode Island. Our lawyer has a proven history of obtaining favorable results. And while we can't guarantee the outcome of your case, we will do what it takes for you.

Call our firm at (401) 312-4385 or submit an online contact form today.

Why Tom Is the Right Choice

  • Proven Record of Success
  • Over a Decade of Criminal Defense Experience
  • Personalized Legal Representation
  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating
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