Johns Creek, Ga. – The death of a teenager has made headlines over the past couple of months. The sixteen-year-old died in Johns Creek and the cause of her death is still under investigation. An individual has been arrested in connection to her death, however.
A twenty-five-year-old man has been arrested for concealing her death. According to police, the man refused to call the police because he had drugs inside of the apartment where the teenager died. He then allegedly picked up the girl's body and carried her into the breezeway near another apartment. He told police that she was found there and must have died outside of the residence.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the charge faced by the man in the incident above. Concealing a death is a very serious offense and the consequences are severe. Read below.
Concealing a Death in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines concealing a death in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §16-10-31 as:
A person who, by concealing the death of any other person, hinders a discovery of whether or not such person was unlawfully killed is guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years, a fine of not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $5,000.00, or both.
People often believe that if they didn't do anything to conceal the body, then they are not guilty of a crime. However, not communicating with authorities and informing them of death is still enough to be convicted of concealing a body.
If convicted of concealing a death in Georgia, then a person is guilty of a felony offense. Georgia felony penalties are far-reaching, and for this particular crime, an individual is facing up to ten years in prison as well as fines up to $5,000.
Call our offices today if you or someone you know is facing charges in the state of Georgia. We handle everything from misdemeanor cases to felony cases. This includes everything in between. Call us now.