Saturday, December 27, 2014

Criminal Vehicular Operation (Minnesota)


What might have begun as a fun night out celebrating the holidays could turn into a nightmare if you injure someone while driving while under the influence (of drugs or alcohol) or are otherwise accused of being negligent while driving.

While vehicular deaths and/or manslaughter might seem like low-level offenses ... becasue of their "accidental" nature, the courts see it differently ... this is why you should consult with an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.  

See, the state sentencing guidelines for vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter include a possible prison sentence of up to seven-years as well as huge fines and lengthy license revocations. You might also be subject to life-long employment and insurance problems can also result.

What is Criminal Vehicular Operation?

Vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter most often occur when: 
  • drivers have prohibited substances (like drugs - illegal and perscribed) in their blood; or 
  • drivers with over-the-limit levels of alcohol in their blood injure or kill people while driving. 

Hit-and-run violations and driving with a revoked license can also increase the level of the violation and possible punishment.  


Who Caused Accident: On e effective defense is challenging the assumption that the substance in question actually lead to the personal injury or property damage in question. As an example, if a driver hits a pedestrian --- who suddenly stepped in front of their car --- you should be able to argue that, but-for that negligence, you would have not hit the pedestrian ... regardless of your alleged blood alcohol or drug levels. 

Tests: Another ripe for consideration ... and can lead to a dismissal ... is whether the accused's rights were violated when the sample of their blood, breath or urine was taken.  Or, as you have probably read ... blood, breath and urine tests can be inaccurate. I am familiar with the tests used by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and can work to discredit the results in your case.

If you have been accused of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter, you can fight your charges ... your fate is not set in stone.  The Rolloff Law Office has proven, time and time again, that these matters can be fought - successfully.  We are available all-day, every-day to talk to current and prospective clients. Call us today, for a FREE CONSULTATION, at (612) 234-1165.  

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