Nashville Vehicular Homicide Defense Lawyers
Serving Mount Juliet, Franklin, Brentwood & Beyond
Vehicular homicide is one of those crimes that non-criminals are often accused of. That is, normal, law-abiding people with no intention to harm anyone are charged because of the results of a breath, urine, or blood test after a fatal car accident. The amount of alcohol involved may have been modest, and yet the allegedly at-fault driver may face serious criminal charges.
The person who was killed may have even caused the accident by committing a traffic violation. The person who died may have been a jaywalking pedestrian — who may also have been drinking before the accident. However, when the evidence of the blood alcohol content test of one of the drivers turns up a BAC of .08% or higher — even the less responsible one — that person is typically charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
Vehicular Homicide Investigations
When a death occurs, vehicular homicide charges are often brought against a driver with a blood alcohol content above a certain level, even a driver who did not disobey any rules of the road.
According to Tennessee Code § 39-13-213, however, vehicular homicide charges should only apply if a driver recklessly causes a fatal traffic accident as a result of:
- Engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of serious injury or death;
- Under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs; or
- Engaging in drag racing.
These charges may also apply if a driver acts recklessly in a construction zone and kills a Department of Transportation or highway construction workers.
Facing Vehicular Homicide Charges in Nashville?
As with any other criminal case, every element should be examined carefully. Simply being involved in or even causing a fatal accident does not necessarily warrant a vehicular homicide charge. We will look to every possible defense to challenge such charges. We also offer additional insight on this important topic on our page: Defending a Vehicular Homicide Case.
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