A Strong Defense For Vehicular Homicide Charges
Georgia law is unforgiving when it comes to the offense of vehicular homicide. In our state, vehicular homicide can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, with the underlying traffic charge determining the degree of the offense. Underlying charges such as DUI, reckless driving, and racing form the basis of felony, first-degree vehicular homicide. Prosecutors are keenly aware of the legal flexibility they have to charge drivers with first-degree vehicular homicide. Many other, less serious traffic offenses, such as failure to yield and improper parking, can form the basis of a misdemeanor second-degree vehicular homicide, but regardless of the degree, being charged with either is a terrifying experience. A driver charged with either degree will also be exposed to harsh punishment for each death arising out an accident.
An accused who is convicted of first-degree vehicular homicide faces 3 to 15 years in prison, but the sentence can be enhanced if the accused habitually violates certain traffic laws. Prison sentences are common for those convicted of vehicular homicide, whether felony or misdemeanor, and revocation of your driver’s license is automatic (and sometimes lengthy) upon conviction. Tom has mitigated the severe consequences associated with vehicular homicide convictions and obtained successful outcomes for clients charged with vehicular homicide. If you’re facing a charge of vehicular homicide, give Tom a call.