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Helping Those Accused in Kitsap County

If you have been accused or charge with vehicular homicide it is critical that you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Not every fatality that occurs out on the streets, as traumatic as they may be, should turn into a prosecution for vehicular homicide. More often than not, a crime that would normally be categorized as a traffic infraction, suddenly leads to an arrest and is labeled as vehicular homicide when someone is killed because of the incident.

Our firm takes a "hands on" approach to the law and we will defend you with discretion, professionalism and finesse. Any of our distinguished attorneys have had ample experience with complex cases such as these and they will handle them with sensitivity and compassion. When it comes to litigation however, our legal team will proceed assertively and aggressively in order to protect your rights.

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What Is the Difference Between Vehicular Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide?

They are now considered the same thing. They are both the reckless negligent murder of another human being using a vehicle. Prior to the statues, criminals were usually charged with involuntary manslaughter. They are both not just limited to the deaths of passengers, but can also include pedestrians, bystanders, and other drivers. Drivers can still be charged with a vehicular homicide for not following traffic lights and signs and leading to someone’s death.

What class felony is vehicular homicide?

A vehicular homicide is a Class A felony if it is a drunk driving vehicular homicide and an offender could serve anywhere from 31 months to life in prison. You could also be fined up to $50,000.

Washington Statutes Defined

According to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) section 46.61.520 (1998) vehicular homicide is defined as the death of any person that occurs within three years as a proximate result of injury caused by the driving of any person or vehicle. Whoever was operating that motor vehicle will be held responsible for their death. Negligent driving may include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, or driving without any regard for the safety of others. Any negligent driving that results in the loss of human life is categorized as a felony and is punishable under chapter 9A.20 of the RCW.

Our firm will conduct independent investigation outside of the police investigation, to search for defenses that exist within the case. The key to obtaining the best possible outcome for the client is to break down the events leading up to their arrest and slowly and analytically dismantle the prosecutor's case bit by bit. If you have been convicted of vehicular homicide contact the firm of Ramirez & Cooper, Inc.

Are you facing criminal charges? Our legal team is ready to help you. Call Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. today at (206) 222-7701 or contact us online to get started! 


The attorneys at Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. have a thorough understanding of the legal proceedings and criminal statutes. We are able to give our clients the resources, advocacy and legal advice they need to be successful inside and outside the courtroom. Our legal team will stand by your side every step of the way and always keep you updated on the status of your case. We handle criminal cases throughout Washington state. Let us build a case strategy for you or your loved one, we may be able to take action before charges are even filed.

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