Involuntary Manslaughter By Vehicle In Ohio
Involuntary Manslaughter By Vehicle In Columbus And Central Ohio
Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. When a person is killed in an auto accident and the accident was caused by another driver, one charge that may be filed against the driver is Involuntary Manslaughter. In Ohio, this offense is a felony, and the sentence may be up to 11 years in prison. On top of the serious penalties in court, a person charged with Involuntary Manslaughter faces the emotional strain from being accused of being responsible for killing another person. If you are facing a charge of Involuntary Manslaughter in Columbus or central Ohio, a good criminal defense attorney with expertise in serious vehicular crimes can help.
The Dominy Law Firm has experience representing clients charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, and we have been practicing criminal defense since 1997. We practice in courts in the greater Columbus area, and the focus of our practice is D.U.I./O.V.I. and serious vehicular crimes. Developing expertise in these cases included training in blood/urine testing, breath alcohol testing, and field sobriety testing, as well as courses from the National College for D.U.I. Defense (NCDD). As a result of Shawn Dominy’s expertise in the area of D.UI./O.V.I. and serious vehicular crimes, he was chosen to author a chapter in the book Defending D.U.I. Vehicular Homicide Cases by Aspatore Publishing.
Offenses And Sentences For Involuntary Manslaughter By Vehicle In Ohio
To prove charges of Involuntary Manslaughter in Ohio, the prosecution must prove that you caused the death of another person in one of the following two ways: (1) by committing or attempting to commit a felony; or (2) by committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor (other than a minor misdemeanor traffic offense). If the underlying offense is a felony, Involuntary Manslaughter in Ohio is a first degree felony, and the potential sentence includes a prison term of up to 11 years. If the underlying offense is a misdemeanor, Involuntary Manslaughter in Ohio is a third degree felony, and the potential sentence includes a prison term of up to five years. If the underlying offense is D.U.I./O.V.I., there is a mandatory prison term, and there is a mandatory driver’s license suspension for life.
Defending Charges Of Involuntary Manslaughter By Vehicle In Ohio
The defense in these cases should ideally begin as soon as possible after the incident occurs. It is helpful to begin an investigation quickly while evidence is still available and memories are still fresh. The investigation may include accident reconstruction and consultation with experts in the areas of medicine, toxicology, accident reconstruction, mechanics, and engineering. The investigation will certainly include obtaining witness statements and a client history and will likely include photographs and video. When the court process begins, we plead not guilty and deal with bail, bond conditions and any other preliminary legal issues. We exchange discovery (evidence) with the prosecuting attorney and seek to exclude any inadmissible evidence. We then prepare for a trial and simultaneously prepare a presentation of evidence to mitigate the punishment in the event of a plea agreement or sentence hearing.
Representation For Involuntary Manslaughter In Columbus And Central Ohio
Since 1997, the Dominy Law Firm has helped many clients with serious vehicular charges in Franklin County, Delaware County, and other central Ohio courts. To learn more about our firm, please see the About Us page. We charge flat fees for representation in Involuntary Manslaughter cases, so you will know the exact fee before you make the hiring decision. If you would like to discuss your Involuntary Manslaughter case, please submit a CONTACT FORM or call us at 614-717-1177 to arrange a free initial consultation.