What To Do If You've Been Arrested On Long Island For Vehicular Assault or Manslaughter
There are several different types of charges someone can face if they are involved in an automobile accident while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and cause serious injury or death to another person. They range from different levels of Vehicular Assault to Vehicular Manslaughter to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide. The most serious of these charges carries a possible maximum penalty of 8 1/3 – 25 years incarceration in state prison. Depending on the nature of the incident, the District Attorney may even consider a Murder charge.
In addition to potential criminal penalties, you can also have civil penalties including but not limited to possible suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, as well as forfeiture of your car and increased insurance premiums.
If you were involved in an accident involving death or serious physical injury, the police can force you to give a blood sample to determine your blood alcohol content. This involves the police contacting a prosecutor who will then call a judge to obtain a warrant to get your blood drawn. If there are no serious injuries or no accident at all, the police can not force you to give a sample of your blood or your breath to get your blood alcohol content.
If you’ve been charged with any type of Vehicular crime, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. A good attorney will try to have you released on your recognizance, or to have bail set in an amount that you can afford. He will determine whether any evidence was collected improperly and should be suppressed (not allowed at trial). He will make sure that any instrument used to test your breath or blood was properly calibrated and determine whether the testing was properly performed.
Make sure you immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. Glenn Kurtzrock is very familiar with vehicular crimes and has taken several to trial. He believes there is no such thing as a small case, and he will take your case seriously.
Call for a free initial consultation today so Glenn can start working on your case right away. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 631-539-1640, and our website is at KurtzrockLaw.com. Our reasonable rates and payment plans ensure that everyone can get quality and aggressive legal representation.
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