Representative Vehicular Homicide Cases

A successful defense to Vehicular Homicide and Serious Injury by Vehicle accusations requires specialized knowledge and expertise in the law and science behind alcohol-related accidents. Experience and results matter. While every case is different, an attorney's knowledge, experience and reputation earned defending these serious accusations can provide a tremendous advantage. Here are a few of GRL Law's representative cases involving Vehicular Homicide and Serious Injury by Vehicle charges.
 

State v. Connolly

Cascade, Dubuque County, Iowa. Defendant was facing a total of 105 years in prison as a result of being charged with four counts of Vehicular Homicide by way of Operating While Intoxicated and one count of Serious Injury by Vehicle by way of Operating While Intoxicated. The accusations arose out of a collision that took the lives of four teenagers who were driving and riding in a Gator utility vehicle. All alcohol related accusations were dismissed and Defendant received a 10 year prison sentence under the Reckless Driving alternative of Vehicular Homicide.
 

State v. Evans

Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Defendant was charged with Vehicular Homicide by Operating While Intoxicated and Failure to Stop or Remain at Scene of an Accident Involving a Death. The charges arose out of the death of a 2-year old child who was struck and killed by defendants vehicle in the parking lot of a motel. The State was not able to establish defendant's intoxication at the time of the accident nor could they establish that he was or would have been aware that the accident even occurred. Consequently, ALL charges were dismissed.
 

State v. Metcalf

Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. Defendant was accused of Operating a Motorboat While Intoxicated Causing Death and Involuntary Manslaughter arising out of the death of four of his friends in a boating accident that occurred on the Mississippi. Operating a Motorboat While Intoxicated Causing Death is treated the same under Iowa law as Vehicular Homicide. The State was unable to establish that the defendant was intoxicated at the time of the collision and could further not establish that his operation of the boat was a cause of the accident. Consequently, ALL charges were dismissed outright.
 

State v. Beckwith

Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Defendant was charged with Serious Injury by Vehicle resulting from a two vehicle head-on collision that occurred in Des Moines. The case proceeded to trial and Defendant was acquitted of the felony Serious Injury by Vehicle charge that would have required a mandatory 5 year prison sentence. Defendant was sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence on an Operating While Intoxicated, first offense.
 

State v. Isleman

Windsor Heights, Polk County, Iowa. Defendant was charged with Vehicular Homicide by way of Operating While Intoxicated as a result of an accident occurring on Interstate 235. The prosecution contended that the decedents who was driving the other vehicle involved in the collision was a result of injuries suffered in the accident. The defense successfully argued that the decedent's death was not a result of the accident nor injuries sustained in the accident and the jury acquitted the defendant of Vehicular Homicide. Defendant was sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence on an Operating While Intoxicated, first offense.
 

State v. LaForge

Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Defendant was charged with Vehicular Homicide by way of Operating While Intoxicated and Involuntary Manslaughter following the death of her friend in an accident occurring on an off-ramp of Interstate 80/35. The defense succeeded in excluding defendant's blood alcohol test result due to a violation of her constitutional rights by the investigating State Troopers. The case proceeded to trial and the jury acquitted the defendant of Vehicular Homicide but convicted her of Involuntary Manslaughter. GRL Law appealed that conviction and it was subsequently overturned by the Iowa Court of a Appeals due to insufficient evidence. Consequently, defendant was cleared of ALL charges against her.

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