In Georgia, vehicular manslaughter is known as homicide by vehicle.
Homicide by vehicle is defined in Title 40 of the Georgia Code (O.C.G.A § 40-6-393). Depending on the particular circumstances of an incident, individuals may face a homicide by vehicle charge for any number of reasons. In addition, these circumstances may also influence the severity of the charge.
This is an incident where a person causes the death of:
- Another driver, passenger
- Other individual through the negligent operation of a vehicle
For example, leaving the scene of an accident in which another person suffers fatal injuries during or after the incident is punishable by a first-degree felony. Similarly, being arrested for DUI in relation to a homicide by vehicle charge may also increase the severity of the conviction and punishments.
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Vehicular Manslaughter Penalties
Vehicular manslaughter with charge of DUI is considered one of the most serious offenses.
- First-Degree Felony: If you have been arrested for causing the death of another individual while intoxicated or impaired, you may be charged with a first-degree felony. This is punishable by a jail sentence of 3 to 15 years. If you have previous criminal violations, you could face as much as 20 years in prison.
- Fines & Driver's License Suspension: Jail time is only one of several punishments in DUI-related offenses. You may also face thousands of dollars in fines and suspension of your driver's license.
- Employment Opportunities: In total, a DUI homicide by vehicle can severely impede your employment opportunities and your overall livelihood.
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