Criminal Vehicular Homicide

Minnesota Criminal Vehicular Homicide

Car accident? Criminal Vehicular Homicide charges could follow.
Car accident? Criminal Vehicular Homicide charges could follow.

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

  • 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 consistent with the facts.

Gallagher works to collect facts.  He gets them from the client, the government and from investigators.  And 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 understand the cause of the accident.

How and why did the accident happen?

This aids the criminal vehicular homicide defense attorney.  And the expert can help the jury as an expert witness.   So, an accident reconstruction expert is a critical tool to find the true 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.  And most of these cases involve alcohol.  So these experts can help the defense lawyer, as well as the jury at trial.

Alcohol tests include breath, blood, and urine.  But many 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 his clients’ liberty and good name.

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

After an incident, the person who is the target of a police investigation needs a defense lawyer.  And, a good defense lawyer can protect you.  That’s why people retain Thomas Gallagher for precharge, investigation representation.

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

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

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