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What is the penalty for drunk driving vehicular homicide?

When it comes to violent crimes, many people never consider the fact that drunk driving vehicular homicide fits into this category.

When a person gets behind the wheel after having too much to drink, there is a greater chance of him or her causing an accident. Furthermore, it's possible that one or more people could be killed in the accident.

A victim in a drunk driving accident could suffer an injury that changes his or her life forever. And in the most serious of cases, the victim could be killed.

On the other side, offenders will also find that their life is changing in many ways. Being charged with drunk driving vehicular homicide is a big deal, as this is sure to change your life.

It's important to note that drunk driving vehicular homicide laws vary from one state to the next, which includes the potential punishment.

Most states have laws in place that specify the penalty for a drunk driver who kills another person. In Kansas, for example, it is possible for a conviction to result in anywhere from zero to 172 months in jail or prison.

With so much gray area, anybody charged with drunk driving vehicular homicide needs to understand their situation as well as the defense strategy that can help them avoid serious punishment.

When a person is killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver it will alter the lives of many people. Even so, these cases are never as cut and dry as they appear. For example, the driver may not have been legally drunk at the time of the accident, despite what police originally believed.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "Penalties for Drunk Driving Vehicular Homicide," accessed July 11, 2016

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