Importantly, each theory and definition above have different potential punishments if convicted. In other words, the theory of Vehicular Homicide that the State of Tennessee charges someone with has a direct impact on the potential punishment that person faces. However, all of the theories of Vehicular Homicide carry the possibility of very lengthy jail or prison sentences.
Under theories No. 1 and No. 3 of Vehicular Homicide above, the individual charged faces a Class C Felony which, under Tennessee law, carries the possibility of 3 – 15 years to serve in jail or prison if convicted as charged.
Whereas, an individual charged under theory No. 4 of Vehicular Homicide above, faces a Class D Felony which carries the possibility of 2 – 12 years to serve in jail or prison if convicted as charged.
The most serious theory of Vehicular Homicide in Tennessee is theory No. 2 above which is a Class B Felony that carries the possibility of 8 – 30 years in prison if convicted as charged.