Michael Vanwagner was charged with criminal vehicular homicide and was sentenced to nine years in prison. Vanwagner ran into a car going 60 miles per hour and had an alcohol concentration of .29. In Minnesota, the legal limit is .08. Vanwagner killed a 16 year old and didn’t have a valid license at the time. This case was in the news and gained attention because Vanwagner posted a picture of the car on his Facebook page with the caption “That’s her front and after I got done with her lol .” He also caused another accident while on highway 252 in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. He had fled from the first crash and then hit the 16 year old car shortly afterward. Vanwagner later said that he didn’t know he hit somebody and thought that he just hit something. Vanwagner was also on probation for terroristic threats at the time of the crash. Terroristic threats is also a felony in Minnesota. He was not allowed to drink alcohol since he was on probation. Vanwagner ended up pleading guilty in Hennepin County. Vanwagner could have had a trial if he wanted to but decided to plead guilty. By pleading guilty he gave up many of his constitutional rights.
What are his constitutional rights?
– To cross examine an witnesses against him
– To remain silent or to testify on his own behalf
– Contest any the admissibility of the evidence
– The right to subpoena and present his own witnesses
– The right to have a trial (to a judge or a jury) where he would be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and where all jurors must agree that he is guilty before the jury could find him guilty
A person charged with Minnesota criminal vehicular homicide may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both. Criminal vehicular homicide is a felony under Minnesota law. Individuals will be sentenced according to the Minnesota Felony Sentencing Guidelines. Vanwagner was almost sentenced to the maximum sentence under the guidelines.
If you have been charged with a DWI or criminal vehicular homicide, contact Keller Law Offices. Max Keller is a criminal attorney who practices in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Because he is a criminal attorney, he has handled many criminal matters including criminal vehicular homicide. Because Max Keller is a criminal attorney, he is able to explain the charges and process in a way that is easy to understand without using complex legal terms. Call 952-913-1421 to speak with a criminal attorney. Keller Law Offices offers payment plans in most cases and offers a free consultation. Max Keller will advocate for you. Please visit the firm’s website at www.kellerlawoffices.com. Criminal vehicular homicide cases are serious and you will need an experienced attorney to help fight the charges against you. Criminal vehicular homicide charges are extremely serious and significant prison time is at stake. Do not wait until you have court to contact an attorney.