Marietta Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer
Securing Your Defense Against Vehicular Manslaughter Charges in Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee, Bartow, and Paulding Counties
Frye Law Group recognizes the gravity of vehicular manslaughter charges and the profound impact they can have on individuals and families. Our seasoned legal team is committed to providing steadfast representation for those facing such allegations in Marietta, Georgia. With a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding vehicular manslaughter cases, we leverage our extensive legal expertise to navigate the intricacies of the legal system on behalf of our clients.
Call Frye Law Group today at (770) 637-4555 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our vehicular manslaughter attorney in Marietta!
Georgia's Vehicular Manslaughter Laws
In Georgia, vehicular homicide refers to the act of negligently causing the death of another person, without malice, using 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:
- Running a traffic light or stop sign
- 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
What are the Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter in Georgia?
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
- 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.
Defenses Against Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
Building a strong defense is essential when facing vehicular manslaughter charges. Frye Law Group employs a strategic approach to challenging accusations and safeguarding our clients' rights. Potential defenses may include:
- Lack of Negligence: Demonstrating that the accused party was not negligent in their actions at the time of the incident.
- Challenging Evidence: Scrutinizing the validity and reliability of evidence presented by the prosecution, including witness testimonies and expert opinions.
- Intoxication or Impairment: Examining the procedures followed during sobriety tests and questioning the accuracy of blood alcohol content (BAC) results.
- Emergency Situations: Establishing that the accused acted in response to an emergency, making their actions justifiable under the circumstances.
- Procedural Violations: Identifying violations of the accused's constitutional rights or procedural errors during the investigation and legal proceedings.
At Frye Law Group, our Marietta 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 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.
Contact Frye Law Group today to schedule a meeting with our vehicular manslaughter lawyer in Marietta!
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