Facing Vehicular Manslaughter Charges in Lawrenceville?

Comparable to: Dangerous Driving Causing Death

Vehicular manslaughter, also commonly referred to as vehicular homicide, involves killing another individual by way of a car, usually stemming from negligence or carelessness. Every state except for Alaska, Arizona and Montana have accounted for this crime in their legal statutes. In crimes of this nature, the motor vehicle is considered to be a potential deadly weapon. The crime can be considered in the first or second degree, which will affect the legal penalties that the individual could face. In the event of vehicular manslaughter, the victim could be anybody, including:

  • An innocent bystander
  • A pedestrian
  • A fellow motorist
  • Their own passenger

Georgia Laws on Vehicular Manslaughter

An individual that commits an act of irresponsible or negligent operation of a vehicle, known as "reckless driving," and ends up killing someone in the process, will be held liable for that loss of life. By saying “reckless driving,” it could refer to driving under the influence, running from a cop while being pulled over, not halting to a school bus, or simply driving significantly faster than the speed limit.

In this instance where someone is killed, not out of hate, the driver is guilty of first degree vehicular manslaughter, with a penalty of 3 to 15 years of incarceration. This is classified as a felony charge. According to §40-6-393(a) and (b), this same penalty applies when a collision occurs, not out of hate, an individual is killed, and then the person that was responsible for the collision flees the scene of the crime. This is also referred to as a “hit and run” but the penalties are far more severe due to the loss of life.

Need an attorney for a vehicular manslaughter case in Lawrenceville?

An individual may also be found guilty of first degree vehicular homicide and receive a penalty of 5 to 20 years in incarceration if they killed an individual, not out of hate, and were driving without a license because they were deemed as "habitual violator.” This means they have been found guilty of this crime on more than one occasion. An individual that is guilty of such a crime is able to have the verdict postponed or delayed upon the individual being incarcerated for a year minimum, according to §17-10-3(d).

In instances where there has been wrongful death resulting from speeding, failure to yield, driving too slow or things of that nature, you could be charged with second degree vehicular manslaughter. According to §17-10-3 (c) that addresses misdemeanor charges penalties and is punishable for up to one year in prison and a monetary fine up to $1,000,000. With penalties of this magnitude I cannot stress enough how critical it is to get a defense attorney involved in your case as soon as possible. If you contact me in the very beginning, I may be able to negotiate with the district attorney before formal charges are even filed!

Fighting for a Brighter Future

Searching for a lawyer for a vehicular manslaughter case in Lawrenceville? Upon being charged of an act of vehicular manslaughter you are subject to serious prison time and steep fines. I urge you to contact an experience defense lawyer who will hit the ground running and relentless fight against your charges. This is the high-quality level of dedication you will find at The Peevy Firm, P.C. My firm will work through the case with you and formulate an effective defense strategy that is structured to meet your specific needs. When going up against some tough prosecution, you need to have even tougher defense.

With over 30 years of experience defending the criminally charged, I am more than capable of taking on even the most austere criminal charges. While developing my argument and case for court, I will also do thorough investigative research and look into the events leading up to your arrest. This way I can ensure that your rights have not been compromised in any way, collect evidence that leans in your favor, and double check to see if law enforcement officials have been following the proper protocol. For the unmatched legal defense you need and deserve, contact my Lawrenceville firm today!