A Minnesota man is facing Criminal Vehicular Homicide (CVH) charges after he apparently ran his wife over in Minnetonka Friday July 25. It is unclear whether this tragic death was an accident or whether the man intentionally ran over his wife. 57-year-old Diane Rawlings Meder died Thursday night. She was apparently struck by a car driven by her husband, David Christopher Meder, also 57. They lived together in a house near the accident scene. Diane Meder was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she died about 90 minutes after being struck by the vehicle. Police said alcohol may have played a part in the incident. They refused to say where Mr. Meder was arrested. He is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail in downtown Minneapolis on suspicion of felony criminal vehicular operation (CVO) or homicide (CVH). Mr. Meder is expected to appear in court by Tuesday July 29, 2014.
What is Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Criminal Vehicular Operation (CVH or CVO) in Minnesota
In Minnesota, driving drunk and causing a death of another through a Minnesota DWI accident constitutes the crime of Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Operation (CVH/CVO). The presumptive sentence in the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines for Criminal Vehicular Homicide is 48 months in prison, assuming no prior felony convictions. A skilled attorney may be able to convince the Judge to go below the sentencing guidelines, or grant what is known as a downward departure sentence. In CVO or Criminal Vehicular Homicide cases, a downward departure usually means a year of local jail time with a stayed felony sentence.
If you have been involved in a crime and have not yet been charged, it is still important to retain an attorney NOW. Max A. Keller is frequently retained by individuals on a pre-charge basis, BEFORE they have been charged with any crime, like criminal vehicular homicide or criminal vehicular operation (meaning DWI accidents causing injury or death to someone other than the defendant). Keller Law Offices will notify the police or charging agency that counsel now represents the individual. The police and prosecutor will be told that all communication and correspondences must go through Keller Law Offices. This ensures that the individual does not make any statements that will later harm the case. In some cases it is even possible to contact the charging agency, which sometimes leads to charges never being filed at all. Max A. Keller is experienced in dealing with cases beginning at the pre-charge stage. Contact Keller Law Offices immediately if you need a Minnesota defense attorney in relation to an Minnesota accident or Minnesota criminal vehicular homicide or criminal vehicular operation regarding a motor vehicle where someone has been killed or injured.