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Vehicular Manslaughter

Marietta Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer

Being involved in an accident on a Georgia roadway that caused another person’s death could lead to charges of vehicular manslaughter (also known as vehicular homicide). The state harshly punishes those convicted of this crime. Penalties may include driver’s license suspensions or revocations, lengthy prison sentences (1-20 years), a criminal record, and steep fines. 

Collateral and long-term consequences may include: 

  • Civil lawsuits brought against you
  • Paying damages to the victim’s family
  • Limited employment opportunities
  • High-risk insurance rates 

If you’ve been accused of vehicular homicide, we invite you to contact our office. Our vehicular manslaughter lawyer, Attorney Kim Frye, will listen to your side of the story and work with you to gather the facts of your case. We’ll collaborate with experts who can help us thoroughly examine evidence to build as strong a defense as possible and identify factors that call into question the case presented by the prosecution. 

Call (770) 637-4555 to schedule a case evaluation with our Marietta vehicular manslaughter attorney. We serve Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee, Bartow, and Paulding Counties.

Georgia’s Vehicular Manslaughter Laws

In Georgia, vehicular homicide refers to the act of negligently causing the death of another person, without malice, by means of a vehicle (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-393). The prosecution will assess the circumstances of the fatal accident and determine whether to pursue felony or misdemeanor charges.

People who cause a fatal motor vehicle accident by violating routine traffic laws are typically charged with a misdemeanor. Anyone who commits serious traffic violations may face felony charges. Furthermore, individuals who have been found guilty of three or more serious traffic violations within five years (“habitual violators”) might also face felony charges, even if they did not commit such a violation at the time of the fatal accident. 

Examples of routine traffic violations include: 

  • Speeding
  • Running a traffic light or stop sign
  • Swerving
  • Tailgating
  • Illegally overtaking another vehicle (except for a school bus)
  • Making an illegal turn

A charge may be upgraded to a felony if the accident was caused while doing any of the following: 

  • Illegally overtaking a school bus
  • Fleeing the scene of an accident you were involved in
  • Driving recklessly
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
  • Fleeing from law enforcement

Contact us to discuss your case with our vehicular manslaughter lawyer in Marietta.

Vehicular Manslaughter Defense 

in Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee, Bartow, and Paulding Counties

At Frye Law Group, our vehicular manslaughter lawyer Kim Frye is a former Georgia prosecutor. As such, she has insight into the type of evidence that may be evaluated by the prosecution and the sorts of charges that may be brought against you. Furthermore, as the founder of her own practice, she has represented over 1,000 Georgians in criminal defense cases, so she knows the ins and outs of Georgia law and knows what to expect when fighting vehicular manslaughter charges in the state’s judicial system. 

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