What does Vehicular Manslaughter mean?
Although state laws may differ, in general terms, vehicular manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another with the use of a vehicle. Vehicular manslaughter does not require malice or intent. Drivers may be charged with first degree vehicular homicide, which is a felony, if they unlawfully overtook a school bus, did not remain at the scene of the accident, they were driving recklessly, they were intoxicated, they fled from the police officer, or they have been declared a habitual offender.
Second degree vehicular manslaughter can include killing someone while committing another traffic violation. For instance, the driver did not yield, they were speeding, they were driving too slowly, or they were driving recklessly. All but a few states have vehicular homicide statutes. Penalties and fines differ by state, and state laws will determine whether or not the charge will be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter this is a very serious charge that is likely to result in jail time. Talk to a DUI lawyer.