Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter in Virginia

Manslaughter is a fairly common offence. In many cases, it is more common than murder. We humans are doing very well – we are programmed to value the members of life as members of our own species, not as a threat to them.

So it’s going to take a lot to get someone to the point where they ultimately plan to take someone’s life. Manslaughter requires the victim to lose his life, and murder requires premeditation for there to be a valid crime for which someone can be convicted. Involuntary manslaughter is, of course, also very common, but requires that it is usually the cause of someone’s loss of life – the decision to kill is imbued with a spontaneous moment, such as that of the accused.

There are many reasons for negligent homicide. Perhaps the most common reason is driving under the influence of alcohol, loss of judgment and inability to drive in a way that guarantees people’s safety.

If something like this causes someone to be killed, it carries a very heavy penalty. Of course, anyone who participates in this type of activity deserves to be punished, especially if they end up killing someone simply because the fact that they are acting irresponsibly is in itself irresponsible. As you can probably guess, if you end up committing negligent manslaughter and are successfully convicted of the crime, you will be punished and punished. However, the charge is not as serious as that of murder, as the latter crime involves planning that implies malicious intent.

If your lawyer is able to present a reasonable and good case, you are likely to go to prison for a period of time that would feel rather short in the end, as it will only last about a year. Prison terms can range from one to ten years. There is no judge to sentence you, and no way to determine what the sentence will be. This can put a heavy financial burden on you. If you have a family to feed, you want all the money you have to spend supporting the family in prison, instead of paying a penalty that takes a while to pay off completely. That penalty includes a $1,000 fine, an amount not to exceed $2,500. The second of the two punishments does not always take place and it is up to the judge to decide whether it should also apply to you.