While Arizona does not have any specific law defining vehicular manslaughter in its criminal code, there are various related laws that an individual can be convicted of if he or she is involved in the death of another individual in a vehicular collision.
Related Arizona Laws about Vehicular Manslaughter
According to A.R.S. 28-675, a driver is guilty of causing the death of another by a vehicle if the driver has had their license suspended, killed another individual in the vehicular collision, and has committed a traffic violation (i.e., running a red light). Under this law, all three of the above factors must apply to the situation.
Being guilty of A.R.S. 28-675 can result in a class 4 felony charge, which can come with 1.5 to three years in prison for first time offenders.
Manslaughter in Arizona
However, anyone can also be charged with manslaughter under A.R.S. 13-1103. If an individual is guilty of manslaughter, then that individual has caused the death of anyone, including whether it was by vehicle.
Manslaughter differs from murder because there is no premeditation involved. An individual can be guilty of manslaughter for recklessly causing the death of another person.
A manslaughter conviction can earn an offender a class 2 felony charge, which results in between four and ten years of prison. However, the courts reserve the right to increase the sentence.
In addition, fines and restitution to the victim’s family may also be attached to the penalties.
Charged with vehicular manslaughter in Arizona?
If you are charged with vehicular manslaughter in AZ, it is important to take advantage of legal expertise in order to reduce punishments. JacksonWhite’s criminal defense attorney, Jeremy Geigle, is able to help clients charged with vehicular manslaughter, and offers a free consultation appointment to review any case. Call (480) 467-4370 to schedule an appointment today.