What Is Utah Automobile Homicide, and How Is It Different Than Regular Homicide?
This seems like a silly question. Automobile homicide is homicide caused by a car. Simple, right? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. While homicide requires intent to kill someone, or intent to cause serious bodily harm to a person who then dies, automobile homicide does not. In fact, you can commit automobile homicide in Utah by negligently driving an automobile under the influence of alcohol or some other drug and causing someone’s death. So, you don’t need to intend to kill anyone. It is enough that you had one too many drinks before driving your car.
What Is the Possible Punishment of Utah Automobile Homicide?
The possible punishment is severe. Remember, a death has been caused, and the police and prosecutors take that very seriously. Depending on the situation, the charge may be either a third or second-degree felony. In addition to jail time and fines, however, you will suffer social stigma that accompanies a homicide conviction. Your chances of getting a job may be greatly decreased. Your housing opportunities may also suffer. Don’t let this happen to you.
What Can I Do about my Utah Automobile Homicide Charge?
Well, the first thing you should do is hire an Utah criminal defense lawyer. Look for an attorney who will talk to you about your case and honestly assess your situation. Your attorney should begin by examining the evidence regarding presence of alcohol or drugs in your system, determine if it was collected correctly and whether it meets the legal standard for automobile homicide. After this, your attorney should strategize with you personally and attack the government’s case from the beginning.
If You Have Been Charged with Automobile Homicide in Utah, Contact Brown Law.
Brown Law’s Utah criminal defense team will aggressively defend your freedom. From your free initial consultation, to the investigation and motions to suppress and dismiss, and through trial, we will be there with you. Call your Utah automobile homicide lawyer today: 801.685.9999 or 800.299.1016.