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Man faces DUI, vehicular homicide charges after Georgia teen dies

The most tragic potential consequence of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is killing another person. A Georgia man is facing multiple charges, including homicide by vehicle, for a crash that occurred in DeKalb County earlier this month.

According to local police, the man was under the influence and driving 70 mph when he slammed into the back of a car stopped at a traffic light. A passenger in that car, an 18-year-old Alabama State University (ASU) student, was killed. The teen, who was in her freshman year at ASU, was back in Georgia for her mother's birthday.

The defendant appeared the following Friday in the DeKalb County Courthouse for a bond hearing. In addition to vehicular homicide, he's also facing DUI charges. The girl's family and other members of the community were on hand at the hearing to oppose bond for the man.

The president of ASU issued a statement extending "deepest condolences and prayers" to the young woman's family and friends. He said that counseling would be available for those who seek it in the aftermath of her death.

It was not reported whether the man charged in the incident was granted bond or whether he had a history of previous DUI charges or convictions.

Most people facing DUI charges are fortunate enough not to have seriously injured anyone. However, if you're charged with DUI, the potential consequences can still be significant. These can include jail time, fines and a suspension of your driver's license. Depending on your profession, your ability to continue working or get another job could be impacted. Whether you're guilty or not, you shouldn't try to go through the justice system without experienced legal guidance.