Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Maine

Q: Premeditaded crime or culpable homicide?

Should a person who has been involved in a car accident due to reckless driving - an accident which has led to the death of the passenger with him - while on his way to the scene of another premeditated crime in which he was an accomplice have what penalty imposed on him?

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A: If the question is what penalty can be imposed for a manslaughter charge involving reckless driving, the answer is the maximum penalty is 30 years. The court looks to a number of factors to determine the appropriate sentence, including the way the crime was committed, and the individual who committed the crime. There is no one sentence imposed for this crime but depends on how it was committed and the person who committed it. That said, the average range of sentences for the amount of prison to serve on these cases is roughly between 2-6 years on average.

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