DUI AND VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN NEVADA
Reno DUI Attorney
According to Nevada state law, vehicular manslaughter occurs when a driver’s simple negligence behind the wheel causes the death of another person. “Simple negligence” indicates a failure to act in a manner that a responsible person would in a situation, and can include things like not yielding at a stop sign, texting while driving, running a red light, or not having their headlights turned on at night. This type of charge is a misdemeanor in Nevada.
However, vehicular homicide caused by drunk driving deals with a much more serious, willful disregard of the safety of others and is thus considered a felony offense. Since driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a leading cause of car crash deaths in Nevada, these types of cases are vigorously prosecuted and can lead to serious consequences.