In Ohio, there are different types of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide offenses. An alcohol or drug related Aggravated Homicide offense occurs when one person causes the death of another as the result of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This offense is charged regularly in Columbus and central Ohio. In fact, the Franklin County Prosecutors office has a special unit of felony prosecutors trained and assigned to prosecute felony vehicular crimes.
Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, unlike Aggravated Murder or Murder, does not require proof that the accused intended to cause death or even harm. Rather, it is what is known as a strict liability offense, meaning an offense involving an act committed without any purpose or intent to cause the death of another.
In order to be convicted, the State of Ohio must prove the accused is guilty of an underlying offense, such as DUI or OVI, and as a result of the underlying offense caused the death of another. Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.06(A)(1).
This offense occurs most frequently when a person is driving while under the influence of alcohol (either over the legal limit or impaired), and is involved in an accident with another vehicle causing the death of a person in another car. However, the deceased person does not have to be someone in another vehicle, but could just as easily have been a passenger in the accused’s own vehicle. In this cases, it is imperative to seek help from the best Columbus DUI attorneys.
If you, or any member of your family, have been charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide or any other vehicular crime in Columbus or elsewhere in Ohio, call our Columbus law firm at 614-454-5010 for a free initial consultation.