More than any other traffic-related offense, vehicular homicide is an extremely upsetting experience sure to lead to times of confusion and despair. Often a component of additional charges such as DUI or DWI, vehicular homicide is defined as when “a person, without malice aforethought, causes the death of another person through violation of certain offenses,” such as DUI. As a seasoned traffic and DUI lawyer in Georgia, I’ve sadly seen quite a few of these cases over the years and can help clarify some of the essential points that distinguish one case from another. Vehicular homicide is usually charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In this blog, we’ll cover the basics for felony vehicular homicide.
Vehicular homicide in the First Degree is a felony in Georgia depending on the traffic violations committed. Offenses include reckless driving, DUI, fleeing/eluding, and leaving the scene of accident. The State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed one of the aforementioned traffic offenses as well as find that your driving was the proximate cause of the death. If you are found guilty of felony vehicular homicide, you can be sentenced from 3 to 15 years in prison as a consequence. If you’re a habitual violator, you could face up to 20 years of jail time.
You can also expect a 3 year license suspension with no work permit available if you’re convicted of felony vehicular homicide, although more than likely you are going to be serving time in prison for the first 3 years anyway.
There are various other facets in vehicular homicide, including misdemeanor, feticide, and serious injury crashes that will be covered in my next blog. To contact a reputable lawyer in Georgia, contact me, Mickey Roberts. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for traffic law updates and news.