Miami Vehicular Homicide Defense Lawyer
Let Jonathan B. Blecher, P.A., Fight For You
According to the 2021 Florida Statutes, vehicular homicide charges may apply anytime a human being or unborn child is killed by the reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Vehicular homicide is a felony regardless of intent and can result in fines, prison time, probation, and more.
If you have been charged with vehicular homicide in Miami, I want to help. My team and I can help you navigate Florida laws after serious car accidents and fight for the best possible results in your case.
Do not trust your defense to just anyone. Instead, call my firm at 786-785-2035 for a free, confidential consultation.
What Is Reckless Driving When It Comes To Vehicular Homicide?
Per the definition of vehicular homicide, reckless driving is driving in a manner likely to cause the death or great bodily harm to another. Examples of reckless driving may include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Excessive speeding
- Aggressive tailgating
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- “Ramming” another vehicle with your car
- Using your vehicle as a weapon
Under Florida law, reckless driving may also include failing to stop and render aid after an accident. You can be charged with vehicular homicide even if you have no idea someone got hurt or died.
What Are the Consequences For Vehicular Homicide?
The consequences for vehicular homicide depend on the details of your accident. Vehicular homicide can be a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine or a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, 30 years in probation, and a $10,000 fine.
Due to the severity of vehicular homicide, judges must typically sentence any person convicted to at least 9 ¼ years in prison. Of course, judges may choose to issue more severe sentences if they see fit.
Communicating the details of your situation to the court is extremely important when you are facing vehicular homicide charges.
As a Miami vehicular homicide defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience, I can help you tell your side of the story and avoid both minimum and maximum penalties.
How Can I Defend You From Vehicular Homicide Charges?
Car accidents happen every day, and fatal accidents do not always point to reckless driving. For example, speeding is usually not enough to justify vehicular homicide charges, but prosecutors may be looking for someone to blame.
Florida’s vehicular homicide law is also extremely broad and includes unborn children, who are extremely vulnerable to car accidents. You would not expect a simple rear-end accident to kill someone, which means your driving may have been unlikely to cause death or great bodily harm.
Like I said earlier, your charges – and the consequences you are facing – should depend wholly on the details of your accident.
My team can investigate your accident and counter inappropriate vehicular homicide charges. I know you did not mean to hurt anyone, and these charges are only making a tragedy worse.
Before becoming a defense lawyer, I served as a Florida prosecutor. I also worked on the rule book for the state’s DUI and traffic courts. After becoming a criminal defense attorney, I tried over 5,000 DUI cases – often defending good people like you from reckless driving and vehicular homicide charges.
If you choose me as your lawyer, I am confident I can use my knowledge and experience to defend you from vehicular homicide charges in Miami and throughout Florida. My clients trust me, and I hope you trust me, too. At the very least, tell me what happened and find out how I can help you.