MA Manslaughter by Motor Vehicle Law
Under Massachusetts General Law, chapter 265, section 13 whoever commits manslaughter while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be guilty of manslaughter by motor vehicle. The prosecutor would need to prove that the defendant drove in a reckless or with wanton conduct, an unintentional death resulted and that the defendant was under the influence of drug or alcohol. The prosecutor must prove wanton and reckless conduct.
MA Manslaughter by Motor Vehicle Penalties
An offender can be sentenced up to 20 years in state prison. The offender must serve at least 5 years of that sentence, which cannot be reduced by parole or good time. However, a person may be eligible for work release through the prison. The offender could also face a fine of no more than $25,000. The person’s license is suspended for a minimum of 15 years and can be suspended for life.
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