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Driver Arrested for Vehicular Homicide in Gwinnett

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

A driver in Gwinnett County has been arrested for allegedly causing a crash that killed a high school student earlier this month.

The driver is facing charges of vehicular homicide along with other serious traffic violations.

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind one of the offenses allegedly committed by the driver that led to the charges of vehicular homicide in Georgia.

Reckless Driving in Georgia

Georgia Law defines the criminal offense of reckless driving in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 as:

(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.

(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, provided that no provision of this Code section shall be construed so as to deprive the court imposing the sentence of the power given by law to stay or suspend the execution of such sentence or to place the defendant on probation.

As you can see from the statute, the law behind reckless driving is actually quite broad. Examples of reckless driving include but are not limited to weaving, speeding, running red lights or stop signs, failing to yield, passing other vehicles, etc.

The consequences of reckless driving are serious. Reckless driving is not like other traffic violations. Reckless driving is classified as a misdemeanor, and therefore, all misdemeanor consequences apply if convicted. The penalties can include a fine up to $1,000, jail time up to 12 months, or both.

Practice Note

As a DUI firm we handle all types of serious traffic offenses from reckless driving to driving under the influence. If you have been arrested, contact our offices now for a consultation. We can help you.

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Richard Lawson

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