Kansas's Vehicular Homicide and Manslaughter Laws and Penalties

When dangerous driving leads to a fatality, vehicular homicide charges may follow.

In Kansas, causing the death of another person while driving can lead to criminal charges and serious consequences. This article covers Kansas's vehicular homicide laws and the penalties you'll face for a conviction.

How Does Kansas Define Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter?

In Kansas, there are two types of driving-related killings: vehicular homicide and DUI-related vehicular manslaughter.

Kansas's Vehicular Homicide Law

Kansas defines "vehicular homicide" (sometimes called "vehicular manslaughter") as the killing of another person while driving in a manner that creates an unreasonable risk to another person or the property of another person.

To be guilty of vehicular homicide, the motorist must have been driving in a way that shows a "material deviation" from the standard of care that a reasonable person would use. The prosecution also needs to prove that the bad driving was a legal cause of the death. It's not enough to merely show the defendant drove dangerously and someone died—there needs to be a significant link between the driving and the death.

Kansas's DUI-Related Vehicular Manslaughter Law

A motorist who kills another person while operating a vehicle under the influence can be convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Kansas's Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter Penalties

The consequences of a vehicular homicide or manslaughter conviction depend on the circumstances. However, the possible penalties for each type of offense are described below.

Vehicular Homicide Penalties in Kansas

Vehicular homicide is a class A person misdemeanor in Kansas. Convicted drivers face up to a year in jail and/or a maximum of $2,500 in fines. A vehicular homicide conviction also leads to a mandatory license revocation (or a restricted license) of up to a year.

DUI-Related Vehicular Manslaughter Penalties in Kansas

A DUI-related involuntary manslaughter conviction is a level 4, person felony and generally carries 38 to 172 months in prison and up to $300,000 fines.

Talk to a Kansas Criminal Defense Attorney

A vehicular homicide conviction can have serious consequences. If you've been arrested for vehicular homicide—or any other crime—get in contact with a criminal defense attorney right away. The facts of every case are different. An experienced defense attorney can explain how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.

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