Monday, 20 February, 2012 12:54
Twenty-two-year-old Chasity Nicole Jones was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury earlier this month on vehicular homicide and other charges in an incident that killed senior Atlanta police officer Gail Thomas on the evening of January 24th. Thomas died on the scene as a result of the injuries she sustained when Jones’ car struck her on an I-75 entrance ramp as she exited her car to assist another officer with a previous accident. Reported by Georgia Daily News, Jones was indicted on vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, possession of drugs, and other drug-related charges. She is currently being held at the Fulton County Jail without bond. According to reports by Channel 2 Action News, Jones was carrying three passengers: Stephen Pearson of Gwinnett County, Katherine Gilliam of Lawrenceville, and Fred Jones of Cobb County. All of the noted passengers have declined media comment. Homicide by vehicle carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and three years of driver’s license suspension without the possibility of a work permit. Georgia vehicular homicide is defined as the unlawful killing of an individual with a motor vehicle. The charge degrees associated with vehicular homicide include felony vehicular homicide, misdemeanor vehicular homicide, feticide, and serious injury by vehicle. All of these classifications carry different implications, but all involve a driver’s actions as the proximate cause of death or cause of serious injury. Practicing Georgia vehicular homicide defense since 1995, I’ve certainly seen the devastating effects it has not only on its victims and their families, but also the debilitating long-term implications for the person charged. While a 15-year sentence may not seem proportional to the actions involved, it’s also worth noting that vehicular homicide charges are almost always accompanied by substance related charges like DUI and DWI that carry their own steep punishments. Given the life-altering consequences of serious traffic-related offences like vehicular homicide, I strongly encourage prospective clients to do their research when selecting a criminal defense attorney. It’s important to only select counsel with a successful record of case wins. To learn more about the legal services I provide and for answers to your frequently asked questions about DUI, visit my website. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in traffic law news.