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Vehicular Homicide


Vehicular homicide is a tragic and serious crime that involves the reckless killing of another individual through the operation of an automobile, airplane, motorboat, or any other motor vehicle. This offense is classified as a criminal act that holds drivers accountable for their actions when their conduct results in the death of another person.

In Tennessee, the legal framework for addressing vehicular homicide is outlined in the state statutes, providing clarity on the circumstances, penalties, and different classifications associated with this offense.

Tennessee Statute on the Crime

Tennessee’s statutes (§ 39-13-213) define the elements and classifications of vehicular homicide. The different subdivisions of the statute address various scenarios under which vehicular homicide can occur. These include:

● Conduct creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to a person.

● The driver’s intoxication, encompassing alcohol intoxication, drug intoxication, or both

● Conduct constituting the offense of drag racing

● The driver’s conduct in a posted construction zone where the victim was a highway construction worker or a Department of Transportation employee.

The Penalties

Depending on the specific circumstances according to Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 39-13-213, 40-35-303, vehicular homicide falls under different felony levels:

1. If a driver’s reckless actions lead to the death of a Department of Transportation employee or a highway construction worker in a posted construction zone, Vehicular Homicide is a Class D Felony. This can lead to a sentence of 2 to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

2. If a driver’s reckless actions result in someone’s death due to either (1) behavior posing a significant risk of death or serious injury or (2) engaging in drag racing, the Vehicular Homicide penalty becomes a Class C Felony. This can result in a sentence of 3 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

3. If a driver’s reckless actions leading to death involve intoxication, the Vehicular Homicide penalty becomes a Class B Felony. This can lead to a sentence of 8 to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Choose The Clarke Law Firm for Your Defense

If you find yourself facing charges related to vehicular homicide, it’s essential to have a skilled legal team on your side to navigate the complexities of the legal process. The Clarke Law Firm stands out as a top choice for those seeking strong legal representation for their case. Here’s why:

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Take Action Today to Get Started on Your Defense Strategy

If you’re facing charges related to vehicular homicide, it’s crucial to act swiftly and seek the assistance of experienced legal professionals. Contact The Clarke Law Firm today at (615)-796-6299 to initiate a thorough review of your case. Selecting Attorney David Clarke and  The Clarke Law Firm means choosing a dedicated and experienced legal team that will be by your side and fight for your rights during this challenging time. Contact our office today and take the first step towards a strong defense and the best possible outcome for your case.