Driver Sentenced to Four Years Prison for Criminal Vehicular Homicide

A driver convicted of Criminal Vehicular Homicide has been sentenced to the maximum four years for killing a 14-month child in a motor vehicle accident. The driver was prosecuted for Criminal Vehicular Homicide because she had used meth 4 days before, was speeding, and reached down to grab her cell phone that she had dropped while driving.  She was convicted of felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide and sent to prison, even though there was no evidence that she was driving under the influence of alcohol or driving under the influence of drugs at the time of the fatal crash. During sentencing, Anoka County Judge Alan Pendleton said that he considered giving a sentencing departure below the Minnesota felony sentencing guidelines, but he could not find a reason to do so.  The parents of the deceased child testified to the sentencing judge that they thought they could not go on with their own lives because of the motor vehicle accident death of their child.

Due to this type of emotional testimony, harsh felony sentences like this for criminal vehicular homicide (CVH) or criminal vehicular operation (CVO) are often handed out. That is why if you are or a loved one or friend are charged with a felony Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Criminal Vehicular Operation, you need an experienced felony criminal defense attorney like Max A. Keller of Keller Law Offices .  With a skilled felony criminal defense attorney like Max A. Keller, you can prove your innocence or get a mitigated (reduced) sentence or downward departure sentence based on the need to support your family, return to work, and proving rehabilitation to the judge. A skilled criminal defense sentencing attorney like Max A. Keller can help you submit letters of recommendation to the presiding Judge, can help you get into alcohol or controlled substance rehabilitation, and can possibly get you jail credit for time spent in in-patient treatment.  If you or someone you know has been charged with Criminal Vehicular Operation/Homicide, call Keller Law Offices NOW at (952) 913-1421 or 1-866-929-7597.

He has won jury trial cases in misdemeanor and felony cases and in DWI’s and non-DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. He is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Involve a criminal appeal attorney soon after you learn the prosecution is appealing your sentence. Your attorney will walk you through the involving and confusing sentencing guidelines. An attorney's involvement will also help you develop a defense strategy for the appeal.