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What Are the Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter Charges in NJ?

If you are charged with vehicular manslaughter in NJ, you can be sure that the prosecution is going to come after you with everything that they have got. You need a fighter on your side as well, which is why you should talk to a Bergen County criminal defense attorney from our firm. We will do our best to help you combat these charges and clear your name.

Will I Go to Jail for Vehicular Manslaughter?

Yes, it is very likely that jail time will be on the table when you are charged with vehicular manslaughter. This is often charged as a second-degree crime, and those convicted can end up serving between five and 10 years in prison. If you are hoping for parole to let you out early, then we have bad news. You must serve 85% of your term before that is even an option. You could also owe a fine of up to $150,000!

You could also get charged with a first-degree crime if the prosecutor decides that there are other circumstances that made your actions even more reckless and dangerous. If you allegedly committed your crime near a school or left the scene of an accident, that could result in a higher charge. A conviction could result in up to 30 years of prison time.

Whether you are facing a first- or second-degree crime, it should be clear how high the stakes are. You have to do everything that you can to fight back.

What Does the Prosecution Need to Show in a Vehicular Manslaughter Case?

The prosecutor’s main goal is to show that you were driving recklessly at the time of the accident. Whether you are accused of speeding, driving under the influence, or ignoring laws about cell phone use, the prosecution will argue that you were a danger to others on the road and that your negligent behavior caused the death of another person.

How Can I Defend Myself Against Vehicular Manslaughter Case?

When we approach your case, we will look at the unique circumstances and do our best to develop a defensive strategy that works for you. We can poke holes in the prosecution’s case while arguing that:

  • There is no evidence that you were driving recklessly
  • The police or prosecutors violated your rights, meaning that evidence against you must be thrown out
  • You did not cause the fatal accident

Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer?

An experienced defense lawyer from our firm can help you fight for your freedom and show that the state does not have a good case against you. Your attorney can:

  • Communicate on your behalf and prevent you from incriminating yourself
  • Gather evidence
  • Talk to eyewitnesses
  • Get evidence or charges against you thrown out
  • Negotiate a plea deal if necessary
  • Prepare you for testimony

Contact Our Law Firm Today

You need strong legal representation who is ready to help you fight for the best possible outcome in this case. That is why you need to contact the Law Office of Attorney Conway and schedule your consultation. We can get right to work on your defense.

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