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How might a person be charged in a fatal drunk driving accident?

It is important for readers of this Chattanooga criminal defense legal blog to note that it is impossible to speculate on the exact charges a person may face after a vehicle accident. As every case is influenced and guided by the facts present at the time the incident occurred it is imperative the readers who are facing charges for alcohol-related vehicle deaths seek their own counsel on their own legal dilemmas. No two cases will proceed in identical manners and therefore no prior outcome in a similar case may be used as a guarantee of an outcome in a future legal matter.

That said, when a person is alleged to have driven while under the influence of alcohol and to have caused an accident where another person died, the accused individual can face very serious criminal charges. They may be charged with the Class B felony of drunk driving vehicular homicide which carries with it the potential for the accused to spend eight to 30 years in prison and to have to pay up to a $25,000 fine.

If the individual in question had prior drunk driving convictions on their record, their alleged actions in a fatal drunk driving crash may result in a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide which is a Class A felony. Class A felonies are punished to an even higher degree than Class B felonies and can impose stronger restrictions on an individual's rights and freedoms.

Other criminal charges may apply when a person is alleged to have caused a fatal accident due to their alleged drunk driving. Because the consequences of conviction for these charges are so high it is important that people who are facing these difficult legal questions take the time to discuss their cases with criminal defense attorneys.

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