In Ohio, the definition and penalties for DUI Related Aggravated Vehicular Homicide are found in the Ohio Revised Code Section 2903.06. (ORC § 2903.06)
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Types of Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter in Ohio
In a fatal accident, Ohio law identifies three types of offenses:
Ohio Vehicular Manslaughter
Ohio defines Vehicular Manslaughter as a death caused by a driver violating a minor traffic ordinance.
Ref: ORC § 2903.06(A)(4)
Vehicular Manslaughter is considered the least serious of the three fatal accident offenses.
Ohio Vehicular Homicide
Ohio defines Vehicular Homicide as a death caused by either:
- operating a vehicle negligently; or
- speeding in a construction zone.
Ref: ORC § 2903.06(A)(3)
Vehicular Homicide is considered a more serious offense than Vehicular Manslaughter.
Ohio Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
Ohio defines Aggravated Vehicular Homicide as a death caused by either:
- operating a vehicle recklessly; or
- a Reckless Operation offense in a construction zone. Ref: ORC § 2903.06(A)(2); or
- an OVI (an Ohio DUI) or similar offense. Ref: ORC § 2903.06(A)(1).
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide is “aggravated” because the Vehicular Homicide offense is made worse by the fact that it is caused by alcohol or reckless conduct.
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide is considered the most serious of the three fatal accident offenses.
Under Ohio Law, DUI Related Aggravated Vehicular Homicide can be caused by a driver, pilot, or boat operator while committing a DUI or equivalent violation.
Depending on your criminal and traffic record, a conviction is treated as a felony of the first or second degree and carries a mandatory prison term of 2 to 15 years.
A first degree felony is the highest level of felony under Ohio law.
Columbus Aggravated Vehicular Homicide Ohio Lawyer
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