Criminal Vehicular Operation
Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Minneapolis?
In the state of Minnesota, criminal vehicular operation is a serious offense
with harsh repercussions. If you are facing charges for criminal vehicular
operation or vehicular homicide in Minnesota, there is no time to waste
in securing experienced legal representation. The Minneapolis criminal
defense attorneys at Caplan & Tamburino, P.A. are standing by 24/7,
day or night, to take your call.
Contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. for a free consultation: (612) 444-5020.
How the Law Defines Criminal Vehicular Operation
According to Minnesota Statute 609.2113, you could be charged with criminal
vehicular operation if you commit one or more of the following offenses
- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs
- Causing an accident and then knowingly fleeing the scene
- Grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle
- Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or greater
- Knowing of a citation or warning issued by the police regarding a vehicle
defect, failing to correct the defect, and subsequently causing injury
or death to another driver
Subdivision 2 of the statute states that when the injuries caused in an
accident are non-fatal, they can be classified into three different categories
that determine the severity of the crime, including:
Bodily harm: Bodily harm is broadly characterized by illness, physical injury or pain,
or any other impairment of physical condition. If convicted of criminal
vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm, an individual could face
up to one year in jail and a fine of $3,000.
Substantial bodily harm: Substantial bodily harm includes any bodily injury resulting in a temporary
yet substantial impairment or loss of function of any body part, or in
a temporary yet substantial disfigurement. Penalties include three years
in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Great bodily harm: Great bodily harm means that there is a high probability that the victim
may suffer serious permanent disfigurement or bodily impairment, or that
the victim will die. A conviction for causing great bodily harm can result
in five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The Penalties for Vehicular Homicide in Minnesota
If the accident results in the death of another (vehicular homicide), the
driver at fault could face a maximum
prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of $20,000. In addition to prison time and fines, convicted individuals also face
a loss of their driving privileges,
forfeiture of their vehicle and rights to possess a firearm, and difficulty finding employment or
obtaining loans in the future.
Experienced Criminal Defense from a Top Minnesota Firm
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges in connection with criminal
vehicular operation or vehicular homicide, it is urgent that you seek
the help of an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense attorney as soon
as possible. We understand that you are innocent until proven guilty,
and are prepared to do everything in our power to fight to protect your
rights and future.
Don’t wait another minute to speak with a member of our team. Call
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. today at (612) 444-5020, or
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