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Richmond Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer

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Involvement In Vehicular Manslaughter Is Traumatic

If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter, or believe you will be, your stress level is likely at an all-time high. We all know that accidents happen, but when loss of life occurs, emotions may be overwhelming as you manage your sadness regarding the loss and the concern for your future and that of your family.

You have every right to be worried.  In Virgina, vehicular manslaughter is a serious crime. It is categorized as a Class 5 felony and those found guilty face penalties of up to 20 years in jail and fines of up to $2,500.

Protecting yourself and your family in cases like this is of paramount importance. Engaging a Richmond criminal attorney experienced in defending against vehicular manslaughter charges is a critical first step.

Cody Villalon  and his team are available to help you. He founded his firm years ago based on the belief that everyone is entitled to a quality defense and deserves service from a professional personally committed to their well-being.

Cody Villalon purposefully keeps his caseload small so he can provide personal, hands-on service to each of his clients.

Cody understands the laws surrounding vehicular manslaughter in Virginia and knows how to build an effective defense.  That said, these charges are serious; you don’t have time to waste.  Contact our team today at 804.316.0765 for a free consultation. During this meeting we can learn more about your situation and you can better understand how we plan to advocate for you.

Why Choose Us?

Cody Villalon Brings a Wealth of Experience and Knowledge to His Clients

Being charged with vehicular manslaughter is a situation you likely never saw coming.  Nevertheless, it is here. In cases like this, staying present while protecting your future is key.

The first step in doing both of those things is identifying the best vehicular manslaughter lawyer in Richmond for your needs. Choosing the right firm can have a significant impact on your case and your life.

Because of the challenging nature of these charges, you want to work with a professional who not only has extensive experience and knowledge, but also someone on whom you can rely. The journey on which you are about to embark is one likely filled with ups and downs. The support of your vehicular manslaughter attorney is going to be critical for both your legal and emotional well-being.

For these reasons, in these situations, Cody Villalon is often the attorney of choice in Richmond.  First, Cody has vast experience structuring defenses in felony vehicular manslaughter cases. He has been representing individuals in Richmond charged with serious crimes for over a decade and is ready to go to work for you immediately.

As a result of his experience, Cody Villalon has gained a deep understanding of the Richmond court system.  He knows the judges and prosecutors and understands how the local courts operate. As your vehicular manslaughter lawyer, he will leverage this knowledge as he negotiates and litigates your case.

Finally, when you identify a firm because of the experience of their lead attorney, you want that attorney to handle your case. When you work with Cody Villalon, you can be assured that your case will never be delegated to a team member of lesser experience.  Vehicular manslaughter is serious — when you engage the firm of Cody Villalon, you get Cody Villalon himself.

Perhaps nothing speaks more strongly to the service we provide than the words of our clients. We are incredibly proud of the reputation  we have earned. Time and time again our clients share that we not only provide successful defense services, but also bring a sense of calm to the process.

We take our responsibility as your vehicular manslaughter lawyer in Richmond seriously. Just because we leverage our experience does not mean we take the specifics of your case for granted.  Quite the opposite, in fact.

Cody is known for paying attention to the details and leaving no stone unturned in building your defense.

Small things can make a big difference.  Each client is recognized as an individual and each defense is unique, based on the specifics of the evidence of the case. A cookie-cutter approach to service is completely unacceptable when your future is at stake.

Understanding Our Service Is Important

We Structure Your Defense to Protect Your Future

Appropriately responding to vehicular manslaughter charges is critical. Even the smallest misstep can have a devastating impact on your defense. Because of the complexity of the process and the seriousness of the penalties, defending yourself is not recommended.  Quite honestly, you don’t have the knowledge and experience to appropriately protect yourself.

So, you may be wondering, “What services does a vehicular manslaughter attorney provide”? The answer is succinct, yet multifaceted.  In short, when you engage Cody Villalon you can be sure that he will handle the entirety of the legal process for you.  Specifically, you can rely on Cody and his team to:

  • Review the circumstances of your arrest ensuring your rights were upheld
  • Investigate the charges against you
  • Analyze the evidence
  • Conduct witness interviews
  • Build your defense
  • Complete and file all paperwork in a timely fashion
  • Assume responsibility for all communications
  • Keep you apprised of the status of your case
  • Answer your questions and address your concerns
  • Negotiate on your behalf
  • Represent you in court.

With Cody Villalon on your side, you can be sure that no stone will be left unturned. Protecting you and minimizing the impact of this event on your future is our ultimate goal, and we will work tirelessly to do so.

FAQs About Vehicular Manslaughter

Our Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney in Richmond Provides Answers

Do you have questions regarding facing vehicular manslaughter charges? If so, you are not alone. Below Cody Villalon shares those concerns which are raised most often, along with his responses.

What is aggravated vehicular manslaughter?

In some cases, an individual’s actions, with regard to an auto accident, can show a reckless disregard for human life. If convicted, your sentence will range from 1 to 20 years in prison. Additionally, fines up to $2,500 may be levied. Your Richmond vehicular manslaughter attorney can review your case and share possible repercussions.

Will I lose my driver’s license if convicted?

Yes, you may. The permanent revocation of your license is a very real possibility if convicted.  That said, you can appeal and your license may be reinstated after five years. Your criminal defense attorney can tell you whether this may be an option in your case.

What if I was in an accident and someone died, but I was not under the influence?

If you were speeding or otherwise driving dangerously, you may be charged with Felony reckless driving, a Class 6 felony.  If convicted, you face fines as well as jail time.  In cases like this, you do need to engage a felony defense attorney.

I was arrested for driving under the influence and hitting another car; while the other driver did not die, he was seriously injured.  What charges will I face? 

In situations like this you would be charged with maiming. Those convicted of this Class 6 felony face fines of up to $2,500 and jail time from one to five years. In those cases where permanent injury is caused, the charges would be raised to Class 4 felony and sentences would be more severe.

Does being convicted of criminal vehicular manslaughter charges mean I won’t face a wrongful death lawsuit?

No, the two processes are separate and distinct.  The vehicular manslaughter case would be tried in criminal court while the wrongful death case is a civil suit. You would need different representation for each legal process. Cody Villalon can further explain the differences to you.

These questions and responses are relatively general. We recognize that you have many more relating directly to your case.   Contact Cody Villalon at 804.316.0765 today for a free consultation during which we will focus on your specific questions and concerns.

Making the Right Choice in Legal Counsel

Cody Villalon Knows How to Defend Against Vehicular Manslaughter Charges in Virginia

If you are facing charges of vehicular manslaughter, you need to work with a reputable criminal defense attorney who has specific experience in cases like yours. Cody Villalon is well-versed in the laws governing this crime and knows how to structure a successful defense. He will review every aspect of the accident and the events following it.

Violations of your 4th or 5th Amendment rights or inconclusive field sobriety and BAC tests are just a few of the defense strategies that may be leveraged on your behalf.

Vehicular manslaughter cases are particularly challenging, but that fact does not deter Cody Villalon. He is confident in his abilities and steadfast in his belief that everyone, regardless of the circumstances, is entitled to high quality defense services.  He has dedicated his life’s work to this tenet.

Contact Our Richmond Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer Today

If you have been charged with the serious crime of vehicular manslaughter, contacting an attorney should be your first priority. Cody Villalon understands the urgency of your situation and is ready to meet with you immediately.

Don’t hesitate to engage in the help you need. In times like this, experience matters.  Reach out to us today at 804.316.0765 to schedule your free consultation. We are ready to begin to build your defense and protect your future.

Attorney Cody Villalon Richmond, VA


Cody Villalon is a criminal defense attorney in Richmond, VA representing clients accused of violent offenses and DUIs, and he specializes in serious criminal charges. He possesses more than 10 years of legal experience, has defended more than 1,000 cases, and has spent more than 5,000 hours in court. He is highly professional and well-respected by prosecutors and judges. [ Attorney Bio ]


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