Minnesota Criminal Vehicular Homicide

Anyone could get in a car accident. Criminal Vehicular Homicide charges could follow.
Anyone could get in a car accident. Criminal Vehicular Homicide charges could follow.

Many states call it Vehicular Manslaughter.  But here, we have the Criminal Vehicular Homicide crime, Minnesota Statutes §609.21. Generally, it is:

  • Death of another person, and:
  • As a result of operating a motor vehicle:
  • Grossly Negligent Act; or
  • Simple Negligence plus DWI or Hit-and-Run.

Legal Defenses may include:

  • Accident without negligent or gross negligent act
  • Intent Defenses
  • Causation (another driver; equipment failure, etc.)
  • Involuntary Intoxication
  • Identity

The consequences of a conviction are severe.  So a criminal vehicular homicide lawyer must mount the best defense under the circumstances.   Gallagher works to collect facts, from the client, the government and from investigators.  Then he analyzes the facts to find the best available defense theory.

Accident Reconstruction

An Accident Reconstruction expert helps investigate the facts.  So, the reconstruction expert can help us with a deeper understanding of the cause of the accident.

How and why did the accident happen?

This aids the defense attorney.  And the expert can help the jury at trial as an expert witness.   As a result, an accident reconstruction expert is a critical tool to show the cause of a car accident.

Chemical Test Experts

Other experts can also help in these cases.  For example, an expert on alcohol toxicology and chemical testing processes.  Since most of these cases involve claims of alcohol abuse, these experts can help the defense lawyer, as well as the jury at trial.

Alcohol tests include breath, blood, and urine.  But problems can make them inaccurate.

Criminal Vehicular Homicide Lawyer

Contact Criminal Attorney Thomas Gallagher by phone, to discuss your case
Contact Criminal Attorney Thomas Gallagher by phone, to discuss your case

Thomas Gallagher works tirelessly to show the truth, and protect the liberty and name of his clients.

Being a Defense Lawyer is a great responsibility that Gallagher takes seriously.

After an incident, the person who is the target of a police investigation needs a defense lawyer.  So, during the investigation, a good defense lawyer can protect you.  People retain Thomas Gallagher for precharge, investigation representation often.

And after charges, a Criminal Vehicular Homicide Lawyer needs adequate resources for the best legal defense for the client.

Given what is at stake in a Vehicular Manslaughter case, the client should provide enough resources to develop the defense.  In addition to a good defense lawyer, investigators and expert witnesses may be necessary.

Gallagher Criminal Defense Liberty-Lawyer.com logo wideDo you have a question?  You can call Minneapolis Defense Attorney Thomas Gallagher at (612) 333-1500 for answers.