Penalties for Reckless Related Aggravated Vehicular Homicide

If arrested for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, you are facing a serious criminal case even if the cause of the accident and death is unrelated to drugs or alcohol.

Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, with a death caused by reckless driving unrelated to drugs or alcohol, is a felony of the third degree. Ohio Revised Code Section 2903.06(A)(2). However, if the offender did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the offense or has previously been convicted of this same offense, it is elevated to a felony of the second degree. If treated as a felony of the third degree, an Ohio conviction for reckless driving Aggravated Vehicular Homicide carries a potential prison sentence of between 12 and 60 months.

Generally this is not mandatory prison, and community control (probation) is an option. However, even if the conviction is treated as a felony of the third degree, if the accused did not have a valid license at the time of the offense or if the accused has previously been convicted of the same offense, then the court must impose a mandatory prison sentence between 12 and 60 months. In this case, community control (probation) is not an option.

If treated as a felony of the second degree, an Ohio conviction of reckless driving Aggravated Vehicular Homicide carries a mandatory Ohio prison sentence of between 2 and 8 years. In addition, an Ohio conviction for a reckless driving Aggravated Vehicular Homicide carries a mandatory class two driver’s license suspension (3 years to life), and in some circumstances, a mandatory class one suspension (lifetime).

Fines, court costs, and restitution could also be assessed. If you or a loved one is charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in Columbus or elsewhere in Ohio, call one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys at 614-454-5010 to schedule a free initial consultation. Our attorneys have successfully defended charges of vehicular homicide in Ohio, and can help you assemble the best possible defense.

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