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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

David Strenfel

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

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Primary Location
304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Vehicular Homicide while DUI

Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or another substance can lead to serious consequences. In addition to being stopped for DUI and the increased likelihood of damaging the vehicle in an accident, you also run the risk of causing a fatal accident.

DUI related fatalities account for a large portion of accidents throughout the United States. Drunk driving fatalities are taken especially seriously in the state of Pennsylvania. A criminal charge can change your life forever.

Attorney for Vehicular Homicide while DUI in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Once you have been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide while DUI in Chester County, your time to act is limited. You need the help of a defense attorney who can walk you through the legal process and create a unique defense specifically for your circumstances.

At Ciccarelli Law Offices, our attorneys have decades of experience defending clients charged with vehicular homicide, DUIs, open container possession, and other related offenses. If you were charged with vehicular homicide in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, West Chester, Kennett Square, and Coatesville, contact us at (610) 719-3200 for a free consultation.    

Ciccarelli Law Offices also welcomes clients in the surrounding counties of Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Lancaster.

Vehicular Homicide while DUI Defined under 75 Pa. C.S.A. §3735

75 Pa. C.S.A. §3735 states that an individual has committed vehicular homicide while DUI when he or she unintentionally causes the death of another due to a violation of §3802 (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol).

Under this statute, an individual convicted of vehicular homicide while DUI is guilty of a second-degree felony punishable by a minimum of three years imprisonment. In the event that multiple deaths occur from the same incident, the offender is required to serve three consecutive years for each victim.

In order for the prosecution to successfully prove an offender’s guilt, the prosecution must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • The death of a third party occurred;
  • The death was caused by the alleged offender operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and
  • The alleged offender was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Under Pennsylvania law, the prosecution is not required to prove that the defendant had a specific blood alcohol content in order to show that the defendant was intoxicated. Mere circumstantial evidence and direct evidence, such as witness testimony or traffic cameras, may be enough to support a finding of intoxication.

Due to the prosecution’s ability to prove intoxication without the use of a blood alcohol test, defending yourself against a DUI, and subsequently, vehicular homicide requires the knowledge a defense attorney with solid experience in the courtroom.

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Additional Resources   

Licensed Drug & Alcohol Treatment- Visit the DUI Program Treatment page of the Chester County Government site for more information on alcohol addiction treatment programs near you. This website also provides contact information for these programs, and a calendar of upcoming meetings. Also, find information on recovery education and counseling.

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Find a Lawyer for Vehicular Homicide while DUI in Chester County, PA

After a DUI-related fatality, you may be frightened and confused. Let the attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices give you clarity by explaining your process and developing defenses on your behalf. Call Ciccarelli Law Offices at (610) 719-3200 for a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys.

Operating out of West Chester, our firm also accepts clients in neighboring cities such as Philadelphia, Coatesville, King of Prussia, and Kennett Square. Additionally, Ciccarelli Law Offices represents clients in nearby counties surrounding Chester County including Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Chester County, and Lancaster County.  

This article was last updated on January 4, 2017.

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