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Drunk driving can lead to vehicular homicide charges

People in Iowa know that, unfortunately, drunk driving happens. Whether it's because a person doesn't realize how much they've had to drink, they don't feel like waiting and paying for a cab, or if they flat-out choose to risk not getting caught even though they know they've had too much to drink, drunk driving happens. Of course, none of these reasons are an excuse to drive drunk, just ask anyone who has ever been charged with OWI.

Operating while intoxicated carries significant penalties in itself, but drunk drivers could find themselves in an entirely greater world of hurt in the event they get in a car accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If a drunk driver gets in an accident that causes the death of a person, they might expect the district attorney to bring a charge of vehicular homicide. If multiple people are killed, this often means multiple charges.

Vehicular homicide while under the influence carries extremely harsh penalties, including a mandatory prison sentence of 25 years. Yes, that means that the person will serve no less than 25 years in prison if convicted of vehicular homicide by drunk driving. That's a long time to spend in prison for what basically amounts to a mistake, albeit a big one.

People who have killed someone while behind the wheel need to present a vigorous and aggressive defense to their charges in order to avoid these tremendous consequences. J. Dean Keegan and Thomas Farnsworth have many years of experience in helping clients charged with vehicular homicide fight to reduce their charges or have their cases dismissed. They are ready and able to put their knowledge and experience to work for new clients, so people with concerns about a drunk driving charge should call for a free initial consultation.

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