A Massachusetts operating under the influence (OUI) vehicular homicide conviction can dramatically impact your future. Under Melanie's Law, which was passed in 2005, offenders can face a substantial amount of time in prison as well as a long (or even permanent) driver's license suspension.
The penalties for a Massachusetts OUI vehicular homicide charge may include up to 15 years in a state prison, probation or parole, and expensive fines. Your license may also be revoked for the rest of your life.
If convicted of felony vehicular homicide, you could lose certain rights that you now take for granted, such as the right to own firearms and the right to vote. You may also be ineligible to work in the education and government sectors and be unable to qualify for occupational licenses. You will also have a permanent criminal record that can affect you every time you apply for school, housing, or even a loan.
Even if you have been accused of OUI vehicular homicide, you can fight your serious charges. Your defense attorney may work with an experienced toxicologist to review the results of your breath or blood (BAC) tests to determine if you were really impaired or if the tests were flawed. If your attorney can show that you were not legally intoxicated when the accident occurred, you may win your case.
An accident reconstruction specialist can review the evidence in your case, such as police reports and eyewitness reports, as well as collect evidence from the scene of the collision in order to recreate the events that led to the accident. If the fatal accident was caused by something beyond your control or was contributed to by another driver, this specialist can testify on your behalf.