Vehicular Homicide is defined as a felony under Louisiana Revised Statute 14:32.1 as the killing of a human being caused by the operation of a motor vehicle, while guilty of DWI as defined by the DWI statute.
Penalties for vehicular homicide are very severe and may result in an extremely long imprisonment of up to 30 years.
Penalties for Vehicular Homicide
- Fine of $2,000 to $15,000
- Imprisonment with or without hard labor for 5 to 30 years, with a minimum served of three years without benefit of parole or suspension
- If the BAC is .15, then five years of the sentence is without benefit of parole or suspension.
Be advised that the courts are now sentencing on the high end of the prison sentences due to pressure from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). There are other penalties similar to the DWI penalties.
First Degree Negligent Injuring
First Degree Negligent Injuring is defined as a felony under Louisiana Revised Statute 14:39.2, as the causing of a severe injury to a human being, caused by the operation of a motor vehicle, while guilty of DWI, as defined by the DWI statute. Penalties are likewise severe and may result in imprisonment for up to five years.
In both cases, you should expect larger legal defense fees as the work required by a successful defense firm is extremely high. In these types of cases, you MUST have a highly trained defense attorney to have any chance of defeating the charges. Do not expect a deal short of trial because of the fear the district attorney has of MADD.
Penalties for Vehicular Negligent Injuring
- Up to $2,000 fine, plus imprisonment with or without hard labor, for up to five years
THE FOREGOING INFORMATION IN THIS SECTION IS NOT INTENDED TO COVER EVERY ASPECT OF THE LOUISIANA LAWS REGARDING DWI, BUT TO GIVE THE LAYMAN ENOUGH INFORMATION TO UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF A DWI CHARGE.