Vehicular Homicide

In the state of Georgia, vehicular homicide is defined, by statute, as the unlawful killing of another person using a vehicle. To be guilty of the offense, the perpetrator does not have to have the intent to kill, malice  aforethought or premeditation. Our Office prosecutes Second Degree Vehicular Homicide, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and generally encompasses all vehicular homicides without intent to kill that take place in violation of any traffic laws, with the exception of driving under the influence, hit and run, and reckless driving. For example, a death resulting from a failure to yield to oncoming traffic, speeding, or driving too slowly, unless such constituted reckless driving, could be charged as a homicide by vehicle in the second degree. The Solicitor-General has attorneys dedicated to prosecuting these cases, and our Special Victims Unit helps families of the deceased through the court process and provides services to them.

For more information, email: solicitorinfo@dekalbcountyga.gov or call (404) 371-2201.