You certainly never set out to cause an accident when you left for home this evening. You’re already emotionally devastated because someone died — and now you’re facing criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter.
Why are you being charged? What’s going to happen? Here’s what you should know:
Involuntary manslaughter is a common charge after fatal wrecks
An involuntary manslaughter charge is usually filed after a fatal car accident when there’s any evidence that the driver who caused the wreck was impaired by either drugs or alcohol.
You could be charged with this because you failed a Breathalyzer test at the scene, had drugs present in your blood (if a sample was taken and tested after the wreck), seemed impaired to the responding officer or admitted to using a drug or combination of drugs that left you unable to function normally.
It’s smart to remember that even legal drugs can cause you to be an impaired driver. Virtually any controlled substance — including prescription painkillers, sleep aids and cough medicine — can cause you to be a drugged driver, particularly when you add even a single drink or two on top.
Involuntary manslaughter carries a stiff sentence
Involuntary manslaughter is a Level 5 felony in Indiana, which means that you can be fined up to $10,000 and sentenced to up to six years in prison if you’re convicted. Plus, you can face additional penalties in civil court if the deceased’s family decides to pursue a lawsuit.
With that in mind, the wisest thing to do when you’ve been involved in a fatal car accident is to invoke your right to remain silent and call an experienced defense attorney. Our office can help. Please continue reviewing our website to learn more.