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.
First Degree Negligent Injury 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.