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.
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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 while driving:
- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- 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 fill out an online case evaluation form to get started.