An Attorney Diligently Defending Vehicular Homicide Charges in Rockdale County

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Vehicular homicide covers a wide array of traffic accidents that result in the unintentional death of someone other than the driver. Most of the drivers I have prosecuted, defended or judged are very remorseful. Juries like to see that a defendant is truly sorry for the loss and damage caused, and not just sorry to be caught. Juries also like to see repentance; for example, the offending driver might voluntarily surrender his or her license. Whether a penitent attitude is enough to sway the jury in your favor depends on the other facts in the case, and the experienced trial attorney at The Law Offices of William F. Todd, Jr., P.C. knows how to best present the facts to the jury.

What is first-degree vehicular homicide, and what is the punishment if convicted?

A driver may be charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle if a fatal collision occurs:

  • At a school crossing or bus stop
  • During any sort of hit-and-run incident
  • When the driver had previously been labeled as a habitual offender
  • While the driver is DUI or driving recklessly
  • While the driver is fleeing a peace officer

In my experience, most first-degree homicide by vehicle cases rely on the DUI/reckless driving part of the statute. Anything related to DUI is a hot-button political issue in Conyers, Georgia, and attracts the attention of elected criminal judges and chief prosecutors. The crime of “reckless driving” is very broadly and very poorly defined, and it can include many different traffic violations. This offense is a felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison.

What is second-degree vehicular homicide, and what is the punishment if convicted?

Quite simply, second-degree vehicular homicide is everything outside of first-degree homicide by vehicle. Some common examples I have seen in Conyers include striking a pedestrian in a crosswalk or jumping the curb and striking a pedestrian. It is also not unusual to see drivers crash into homes or businesses. This offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine.

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