Vehicular manslaughter is a very serious charge that is usually the result of drunk driving, road racing or road rage. However, it can also result from alleged misuse of recreational vehicles like ATVs or sand rails too. Under Oregon law, there are three vehicular manslaughter charges:
Manslaughter in the first degree — When the driver acted recklessly with an extreme indifference to the value of human life and caused death
Manslaughter in the second degree — When the driver acted recklessly and caused death
Criminally negligent homicide — When the driver was criminally negligent and caused death
Manslaughter in the first degree and second degree are Ballot Measure 11 offenses. Conviction carries mandatory prison time with no opportunity for parole. While there is no mandatory time for criminally negligent homicide, if you are convicted on that charge, there is a high probability that you will serve time in jail.
If you are charged with killing someone on the road in a reckless or negligent manner, you need strong and effective legal representation as soon as possible.
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My name is Steven J. Sherlag, a Portland criminal law attorney who has been defending people accused of serious crimes for more than 20 years. During that time, I have earned a reputation throughout Oregon for my trial advocacy skills and ability to obtain results for my clients.
I am not afraid to take on difficult or seemingly hopeless cases. It is my job to fight for you, and when you hire me, I won’t pull punches. I don’t go through the motions. I work tenaciously to obtain positive results for my clients through careful case preparation and aggressive advocacy in hearings, negotiation sessions and the courtroom. As your defense lawyer, I will work tirelessly to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.
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Call me or contact me online to schedule a free consultation about a vehicular homicide case. If necessary, I can meet you in jail or the hospital.
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