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How injuries or fatalities affect DUI penalties in Georgia

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2024 | DUI |

In Georgia, driving under the influence carries severe penalties. This is especially true when a DUI incident leads to injuries or fatalities.

By comprehending the potential legal ramifications of drinking and driving, individuals can make informed decisions and prioritize safe driving practices to avoid endangering themselves and others on the road.

Enhanced penalties for DUI with injuries

When a DUI results in injuries to others, the penalties become more severe. In addition to facing criminal charges, individuals may also face charges involving serious injury by vehicle or vehicular homicide. These charges carry harsher penalties. Some of these might include hefty fines, lengthy license suspensions and potential incarceration, depending on the severity of the injuries sustained.

Vehicular homicide and DUI-related fatalities

In cases where a DUI leads to fatalities, the legal consequences are more severe. Georgia law defines vehicular homicide as the unlawful killing of another person with a vehicle. This includes instances where the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Conviction for vehicular homicide while DUI can result in prison sentences, fines and permanent revocation of driving privileges. The severity of these penalties underscores the gravity of the offense.

Aggravating factors and enhanced sentencing

In DUI cases involving injuries or fatalities, the presence of aggravating factors can further escalate the severity of the penalties. Prior DUI convictions, excessive speed, reckless driving or refusal to submit to chemical testing may lead to more severe consequences. Judges may exercise discretion in sentencing, considering the circumstances of the offense and the impact on victims and their families.

The consequences of a DUI increase quite a bit when injuries or fatalities occur as a result of impaired driving. By adhering to laws and abstaining from driving under the influence, individuals can prevent tragic accidents and protect themselves and others from harm on the road.