Under Georgia law, vehicular manslaughter or homicide by vehicle can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. It all depends upon the facts and circumstances of your case. Vehicular manslaughter can occur when a person causes the death of another person because of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle. The victim of vehicular manslaughter does not have to be a passenger in another car. The victim of vehicular manslaughter could also be a pedestrian or a cyclist.
What is vehicular manslaughter?
In order to be convicted of vehicular manslaughter, the prosecution must be able to prove that your negligent operation of a motor vehicle caused the death of another person. Negligent operation of a motor vehicle can be proved in a number of different ways. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) can be proof of negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Leaving the scene of an accident or eluding a law enforcement officer can also be proof of negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Additionally, reckless driving such as disregarding a school bus or being a habitual violator without a valid driver’s license can also be offered as proof of negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
What is the punishment for vehicular manslaughter?
The punishment for vehicular manslaughter varies according to the facts and circumstances of your case. The most serious vehicular manslaughter charge is one that is associated with a DUI. A drunk driver who causes the death of another person can be charged with vehicular manslaughter in the first degree. This felony crime is punishable by three to 15 years in prison. If the event that you are a habitual violator, you could be facing as much as 20 years in prison for a first-degree vehicular manslaughter conviction. The least serious vehicular manslaughter charge is second-degree vehicular manslaughter. This is a misdemeanor crime that is punishable with a maximum jail sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $1,000.
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