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Tulsa Vehicular Manslaughter, Murder in the Second Degree and How They Differ

Posted on November 2, 2016

Every state differs in how they choose to define the legal repercussions for the death of another as the result of a car accident, and it differs even more for penalties for drunk driving resulting in vehicular homicide. Oklahoma has one of the most lenient standards; a negligent homicide charge provides not more than one year in county jail and/or a fine between $100 and $1,000, assuming the driver did not have a previous criminal history. 

Vehicular Manslaughter

Vehicular manslaughter, also known as wrongful death, is a charge given to drivers who unintentionally, or without malice, cause a car accident that results in the death of another. The death of another can be passengers in their own vehicle, or those in which they collide with, but are generally the result of driving under the influence or reckless driving. To be charged with vehicular manslaughter will depend on the statute in your state; some states define it differently and may require the driver meet the requirements of negligent driving, criminal negligence, driving under the influence, or violating a state law or statute.

Murder in the Second Degree

Murder in the second degree resulting from a car accident is a charge given to a driver who has gone far beyond that of the requirements for vehicular manslaughter. Manslaughter generally does not require any intent cause harm to another; however, murder in the second degree assumes that the defendant had a very extreme disregard for human life that a jury or a judge may be able to view it as malice aforethought, or intent to commit the crime. Murder in the second degree is usually not a first-time charge for someone convicted of drunk driving resulting in the death of another unless their behavior was extreme or they have had prior convictions of a similar offense.

Contact a Tulsa Personal Injury Attorney Today

Car Accidents can happen, however, we all have a responsibility for our actions. Whether you are responsible for the personal injury of another as a result of a Tulsa car accident or you have been a victim of a car accident, please do not hesitate to reach out to the experienced and knowledgeable team of attorneys at the office of Charles Bryan Alred, PC to discuss your case. Contact our office in Tulsa using our website or call us at 918-745-9960 for a free initial consultation with one of our skilled legal professionals.