About Serious Vehicular Crimes
Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney
When facing a serious charge such as vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, you are in serious legal trouble. These felony offenses can result in extensive prison time if you are convicted. Ohio lawmakers have made the penalties for these crimes extremely severe.
The Ohio Revised Code classifies serious vehicular accidents as misdemeanors and felonies. Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (R.C. 2903.06) is the most serious vehicular crime in Ohio. Driving under the influence and causing the death of another can be a first degree or second degree felony depending upon the defendant's driving history. Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in Ohio carries a mandatory prison term of 3-10 years for first degree felonies and 2-8 years for second degree felonies.
Case Example Our client, a 24-year-old sergeant in the Army National Guard, was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault and DUI / OVI after he made a left turn into an oncoming vehicle. The accident resulted in serious physical harm to the occupants of the other vehicle. As indicted, the client was facing a mandatory 1-5 years in prison. After 1 1/2 years of representation and on the day of trial, the prosecutor agreed to amend the indictment to 2 misdemeanor counts. Our client received a non-prison term and probation.
Other serious vehicular crimes include the following:
Aggravated Vehicular Assault
Aggravated vehicular assault is considered to be the offense of causing serious bodily injury to another while in operation of a vehicle. This can be tried as a second or third degree felony offense with years in state prison as a result of a conviction.
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
Similar to vehicular assault, aggravated vehicular homicide involves the injury of another with your vehicle, however in this case the injury leads to the death of the victim. It can be classified as a first or second degree felony with even harsher consequences for a convicted felon.
What is considered drag racing? Drag racing, according to the law is considered any exhibition of speed or acceleration that appears to be inconsistent with normal operations of a vehicle on any type of public street or highway.
Nitrous Oxide & Motor Vehicle
If you use nitrous oxide in your car, truck or SUV, you are subject to harsh consequences as set out by the law. In accordance with the law, any person who sells nitrous oxide must keep a record of their customers for at least the previous two years.
Ohio Fleeing & Eluding
If you have gotten in trouble with the law for fleeing the scene or failing to comply with the law enforcement, you may be facing serious consequences. These charges may be tried as a felony or misdemeanor offense, depending on your criminal record and the nature of the offense.
Fleeing the scene of the accident is not only considered to be immoral, but it is also against the law. In many cases, however, a simple miscommunication has led one party in an accident to leave the scene. In a situation such as this, you will need an aggressive attorney to help counter these charges.
If you're facing reckless driving charges, you know that the prosecution is out to convict you. Without an attorney, you will most likely face maximum penalties for this seemingly harmless offense. Calling the team at Koffel Law Firm is strongly suggested when facing the serious vehicular offense of reckless driving.
No felony or serious misdemeanor driving offense should be faced in court without a proven Columbus vehicular crime defense lawyer. At Koffel Law Firm, the criminal defense legal team will review and evaluate the situation and the evidence against you and fight aggressively for your defense.
These cases must be addressed quickly and it is crucial that you procure a proven criminal defense lawyer from Koffel Law Firm. The legal team is familiar with all types of serious vehicular crimes and has strong resources to investigate the situation and find openings for the defense strategy to be employed. The firm and its attorneys have:
- The highest peer rating of AV® Preeminent™ from Martindale-Hubbell®
- Voted to " Best Lawyers in America"
- Ohio Super Lawyers ® as well
- Rated One of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Ohio
You will be served by a skilled and knowledgeable attorney who will make your case a priority. Fast action is of utmost concern.
Contact an Ohio vehicular crime defense lawyer from The Koffel Law Firm today.