Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, O.R.C. 2903.06, is a crime that results from the death of another caused by the defendant’s operating a vehicle while impaired. (a violation of R.C. 4511.19 -OVI) You can also be charge for driving negligently or recklessly under the law. The aggravated vehicular homicide statute encompasses driving an automobile recklessly or negligently (called vehicular homicide) whether or not alcohol played a part in the death. Often, defendants are indicted for multiple counts, with additional counts for each victim of the accident.
You Face Harsh Penalties
The penalties are harsh. Under the reckless section of the felony OVI statute you will be found guilty of a third degree felony which rises to a second degree felony if the driver is under suspension at the time of the offense. Aggravated vehicular homicide, when impaired as defined in R.C. 4511.19, is a second degree felony which rises to a first degree felony if the driver was under suspension at the time of the offense. Penalties include mandatory prison terms with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for the 1st degree felony and prison up to 8 years and a fine up to $15,000 for the 2nd degree felony. If drunk driving (now called OVI; operating a vehicle while impaired) is charged as the proximate cause of the death, the penalties become mandatory and are very difficult to get reduced or lowered. Often, these cases are high-profile cases engendering much prejudice toward the defendant.
When you face these kind of penalties, you need an attorney with experience. I focus my practice exclusively on OVI defense. I have the resources and the expert witnesses that can make the difference in your case. I offer a free consultation for all clients. I will work hard to make sure that you understand the charges, the process and your possible outcomes. Call me at (937) 318-1384 for a free consultation.