Vehicular Homicide in Tennessee

There are multiple scenarios which can result in a charge of Vehicular Homicide in Tennessee. The offense is set out in T.C.A. 39-13-213. Vehicular Homicide in Tennessee is the reckless killing of another by the operation of an automobile, airplane, motorboat or other motor vehicle, because:

  1. You were engaging in conduct which created a substantial risk of death, or serious bodily injury to a person; (Class C Felony) OR
  2. You were intoxicated (alcohol or drugs) at the time of the accident; (Class B Felony) ORTN DUI laws 2013
  3. You were drag racing at the time of the accident; (Class C Felony) OR
  4. As a result of your conduct in a posted construction zone where the person killed was an employee of the department of transportation or a highway construction worker. (Class D Felony)

The sentencing possibilities for each above scenario differs slightly, with some carrying mandatory jail time, and others being eligible for judicial diversion. These cases are typically tragic from every perspective. Defending vehicular homicide in Tennessee requires a balance of compassion and knowing how to be effective when negotiating with a prosecutor who must ultimately answer to the victim’s family.

If you or a family member are facing a vehicular homicide charge in Tennessee, feel free to contact our lawyers to discuss and evaluate the situation.

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