Penalties for an Alcohol or Drug Related Aggravated Vehicular Homicide?

What are the possible sentences if you are convicted of a drug or alcohol related Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in Columbus or elsewhere in Ohio? Generally, a drug or alcohol related Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, under Ohio Revised Code section 2903.06(A)(1), is a felony of the second degree. However, it is a felony of the first degree if the accused: 1) did not have a valid driver’s license; 2) has previously been convicted of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide; 3) has previously been convicted of any traffic-related homicide, manslaughter, or assault offense; or 4) meets the criteria set forth in Ohio Rev. Code section 2903.06(B)(2)(c).

If the offense is classified as a second degree felony, then it carries a mandatory prison sentence of between 2 and 8 years. If the offense is classified as a first degree felony it carries a mandatory prison sentence of between 3 and 11 years. In either event, the sentence imposed is “mandatory,” which means that the convicted person is not eligible for any type of early release or good time credit to reduce their sentence.

In addition to a mandatory prison sentence, a conviction for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide also carries a mandatory class one driver’s license suspension (lifetime suspension). Fines, court costs, and restitution could also be assessed.

The criminal defense lawyers in our Columbus, Ohio office have successfully defended crimes involving vehicular homicide. If you or a loved one have been charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter, or any other serious vehicular crime, please call one of our Columbus defense lawyers at 614-454-5010 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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