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Hit-and-Run Can Make a DUI Case Worse

If you're driving drunk and get into a crash, don't make your case worse by fleeing the scene.

If you accidentally hit someone and cause injury, running away won't solve your problems, especially if someone was accidentally killed. In Georgia, you could face charges of hit-and-run, or fleeing the scene of an accident.

Basically, if you hit anyone, you have the obligation to stop your car. You must also provide your name, address and the registration number of your vehicle.

If anyone at the scene is injured, you have a legal duty to assist them in getting transportation to a hospital. This means that you should call 911 if they appear gravely hurt.

If you fail to do any of these things, you can be found guilty of a misdemeanor. This could come with jail time of up to 12 months and a fine of $1,000.

But that's only one part of a case involving a death by vehicle. It could get you a homicide charge as well.

Involuntary homicide is where a death is unintended but caused by criminal negligence. Criminal negligence is defined as the failure to use reasonable care to avoid consequences that threaten or harm the safety of others.

So, if you're driving drunk and accidentally kill someone, you're in hot water. But if you flee the scene, you can only aggravate the situation even further.

If you flee, then you're potentially looking at charges of DUI, hit-and-run, and vehicular homicide as well. Remember, you don't need to intend to cause a death in order to be guilty of homicide.

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