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Vehicular Assault

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Aggravated vehicular assault involves operating or helping operate a vehicle (car, boat, plane, etc.) while causing serious physical harm to someone or their unborn child in any of the following ways:

  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Flying a plane without a license when there are passengers
  • Flying a plane recklessly or carelessly
  • Tampering with or removing airport or landing field runway markings
  • Driving or helping drive recklessly in a construction zone
  • Driving or helping drive recklessly in general
  • Speeding in a construction zone
  • If you or a loved one are charged with vehicular assault, contact the Columbus assault attorneys with Luftman, Heck, and Associates right away. To schedule a free, initial consultation, contact us at (614) 500-3836.

    Columbus Vehicular Assault Penalties

    Aggravated vehicular assault is a felony of the second degree if any of the following apply and carries the following penalties:

  • You have three or more prior OVI / DUI convictions, whether they be from operating a motor vehicle or water craft
  • You have three or more previous unsafe operation of aircraft convictions
  • Combining the above two, you have three or more prior violations
  • You were driving with a suspended license
  • You’ve previously been charged with any traffic-related homicide, manslaughter or assault offense
  • You’ve previously been charged with any of these

The penalties are as follows:

  • A mandatory prison term of two to eight years
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for one to five years
    • If you have a prior traffic-related assault, felonious assault, manslaughter, homicide, attempted murder or murder conviction, it’ll be suspended for three years to life

If none of the above applies, it’s a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A mandatory prison term of nine months to three years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for one to five years
    • If you have a prior traffic-related assault, felonious assault, manslaughter, homicide, attempted murder or murder conviction, it’ll be suspended for three years to life

Vehicular assault in a construction zone

This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
    • If you have a prior vehicular homicide/manslaughter conviction, or if you were driving with a suspended license, the prison term will be mandatory
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for one to five years
    • If you have a prior traffic-related assault, felonious assault, manslaughter, homicide, attempted murder or murder conviction, it’ll be suspended for three years to life

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  • A prison term of nine months to three years
    • If you have a prior vehicular homicide/manslaughter conviction, or if you were driving with a suspended license, the prison term will be mandatory
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for three years to life
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Vehicular assault (speeding in a construction zone)
This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A mandatory jail sentence of seven to 180 days
  • At most, a fine of $1,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for one to five years
    • If you have a prior traffic-related assault, felonious assault, manslaughter, homicide, attempted murder or murder conviction, it’ll be suspended for three years to life

The above, done while driving with a suspended license or with a prior conviction for this, a hit-and-run offense or any traffic-related homicide, manslaughter or assault offense is a felony of the fourth degree and carries:

  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
    • If you have a prior vehicular homicide/manslaughter conviction, or if you were driving with a suspended license, the prison term will be mandatory
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for three years to life

Talk to a Defense Lawyer Right Away

These are serious charges with harsh penalties. If you or a loved one have been charged with vehicular assault, you need an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Let us answer your questions and work to find the best possible outcome.

Call the Columbus criminal defense attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates at (614) 500-3836 for a free and confidential consultation.

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