Anyone who has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide may be facing the future with a great deal of uncertainty. This is understandable, as this is a serious charge and a conviction may incur severe penalties. If you or a loved one has been or may be charged with vehicular homicide, don't wait to consult a respected Roswell DUI attorney. It is crucial that you get help now.
O.C.G.A. § 40-6-393 Explained by DUI Defense Attorney
According to O.C.G.A. § 40-6-393, vehicular manslaughter is officially known as "homicide by vehicle". A person who committed vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of DUI is considered to have committed a 1stdegree felony, which is the most serious felony in Georgia.
Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-393)
The penalties for conviction include:
- a sentence of three to fifteen years in prison
- driver's license suspension for three years without possibility of an early reinstatement or a limited permit
- community service
- restitution to the victim's family
- mandatory alcohol education
Additional charges may accompany the charges of DUI and 1 st degree homicide by vehicle, such as:
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- The driver is a habitual offender with a suspended or revoked license (involves increased penalties)
- Unlawful passing of a school bus
- Reckless driving
- Fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer
What Does the Prosecutor Have to Prove in a DY Manslaughter Case?
In order to gain a conviction the prosecutor must first prove the driver was guilty of DUI. This may be done through chemical testing and police reports. Second, the prosecution must show that the impaired driver was negligent and his or her actions were the proximate cause of death.
The scene of the traffic accident may contain evidence vital to your defense. Accident scenes are quickly cleaned up so it is important that your DUI lawyer is notified right away so there is time to have a professional investigator arrive on the scene while it is fresh.
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Contact a Roswell DUI manslaughter attorney at our firm if accused of vehicular manslaughter.
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