Vehicular Homicide and Serious Injury by Vehicle

Vehicular Homicide in Iowa?

An individual commits vehicular homicide when:

  1. Unintentionally causes death of another; by
  2. Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Penalties

  • Mandatory 25 years imprisonment; Judge may not give probation or defer judgment. Prison sentence must be imposed. If convicted the Judge has no choice but to send you to prison. Furthermore bail is not available pending appeal or while awaiting sentencing.
  • Fine of up to $10,000 but not less than $1,000 plus 32% surcharge, court costs, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge and $10 DARE surcharge;
  • Mandatory $150,000 restitution to victim's estate;
  • Substance abuse evaluation and treatment if recommended;
  • Drinking drivers course; and
  • Mandatory 6 year license suspension.

Serious Injury by Vehicle in Iowa

An individual commits vehicular homicide when:

  1. Unintentionally causes a serious injury (bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ or major bodily member, or which causes the loss of any bodily member) by
  2. Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Penalties

  • Mandatory 5 years imprisonment. Judge may not give probation or defer judgment. Prison sentence must be imposed.
  • Fine of up to $7,500 but no less than $750 plus 32% surcharge, court costs, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge and $10 DARE surcharge;
  • Substance abuse evaluation;
  • Drinking drivers course; and
  • Restitution to the injured person(s).
  • Additional 1 year license suspension.

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