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Vehicular Manslaughter Attorneys
in Knoxville & Farragut, Tennessee

According to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there were 5,916 total reported alcohol-related traffic crashes statewide in 2020. In Tennessee, a person could be arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter if they caused someone else's death through negligence, carelessness, driving under the influence, or committing a traffic violation.

A criminal conviction for vehicular homicide could result in severe punishment, including a lengthy prison sentence, massive fines, a criminal record, and other life-long consequences. If you are facing vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide allegations, hiring a skilled and aggressive Tennessee criminal defense attorney is crucial to help build your defense.

At the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed, we are committed to providing comprehensive legal guidance and vigorous representation to individuals facing vehicular manslaughter charges. Our skilled legal team can investigate all of the facts of your case, outline an effective defense strategy to help fight your charges, and make sure those accusations don't ruin your life.

The Law Office of Joshua S. Reed proudly serves clients in Knoxville, Farragut, and all of East Tennessee, including but not limited to Anderson, Blount, and Union counties.

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Vehicular Manslaughter in Tennessee

According to Tennessee law, vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide involves the reckless killing of another person when operating an automobile, motorboat, airplane, or other motor vehicles, due to:

  • An act that creates a significant risk of serious bodily injury or death to a person

  • The driver's intoxication

  • Participating in illegal drag racing

  • The driver's conduct in a construction zone, resulting in the death of a highway construction worker or an employee of the department of transportation

Some examples of conduct that could lead to vehicular homicide charges include:

  • Driving recklessly and killing someone

  • Excessive speeding and killing a person

  • Scaring a person with reckless driving which causes a heart attack and death

  • Running a red light and killing a person

  • Texting while driving and killing someone

  • Killing someone while driving under the influence of alcohol

If you or someone you know has recently been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, you need to reach out to an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney right away. Your attorney can enlighten you about the nature of your charges and help build your defense strategy.

Elements Needed to Prove
Vehicular Manslaughter

In order to establish that a person is guilty of vehicular homicide, the prosecuting attorney must prove the following elements:

  • The defendant committed an unlawful act while driving

  • The act was dangerous to others

  • The defendant committed the act with negligence or carelessness

  • A person is dead

  • The death resulted from the defendant's reckless or negligent actions

  • The killing by the defendant was unlawful

A knowledgeable Tennessee vehicular manslaughter defense attorney can review every last detail of your case thoroughly and help you understand the potential penalties and long-term consequences.

Possible Penalties

In the state of Tennessee, the penalties for vehicular manslaughter accusations can be far-reaching. Depending on the nature of the charges, the defendant's criminal history, and other surrounding circumstances, the potential penalties and consequences for vehicular homicide include:

  • Imprisonment (ranging from months, years, or decades)

  • Hefty fines

  • A criminal record/history

  • Restitution to the victim’s family

  • Increased difficulty in obtaining public benefits or government assistance

  • Increased difficulty in securing employment and housing

  • Ineligibility to obtain certain financial loans

  • Loss of voting rights

  • Loss of rights to possess, own, or carry firearms

  • Loss of driving privileges.

A skilled criminal defense attorney can intervene quickly on your behalf, take preemptive measures to prevent a case from being filed against you, and help you avoid or mitigate the devastating ramifications of a criminal conviction.

Work With a Skilled
Criminal Defense Attorney

Defending your vehicular manslaughter charges without experienced representation could make you end up in the worst possible situation. A criminal conviction could jeopardize your liberty, quality of life, eligibility for public benefits, personal reputation, and any future opportunities. When facing vehicular manslaughter charges, you need to retain a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to strategize your defense.

At the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed, our attorneys have devoted their careers to handling criminal cases and defending clients who have been wrongly accused of vehicular manslaughter. As your legal counsel, we can evaluate and investigate every aspect of your unique situation thoroughly and craft a strong defense in pursuit of the best possible outcome for your case.

Using their extensive knowledge, our reliable legal team will help you navigate the Tennessee criminal justice system and make sure you get fair treatment in every phase of the legal proceedings. We will fight aggressively to uphold your legal rights, strive to refute the charges against you with substantial evidence, and help keep your record as clean as possible.

Vehicular Manslaughter Attorneys
Serving Knoxville & Farragut, Tennessee

Facing vehicular manslaughter allegations can be terrifying. That is why you should never face them alone. Contact the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed today to schedule a simple case evaluation. Our trusted team can offer you the reliable representation, advocacy, and highly-personalized legal counsel you need. We're proud to represent clients in Knoxville, Farragut, and all of Tennessee, including Anderson, Blount, Union, Maryville, Oak Ridge, and Clinton counties.