The state of Maryland has many severe penalties in place for those convicted of drunk driving, but the harshest penalties are reserved for those who injure others while doing so. Above all, drunk driving that directly causes the death of another person results in the harshest penalties for this crime.
When a driver unintentionally strikes and kills someone with his or her vehicle, it is defined as vehicular manslaughter and is considered an unlawful act under the Maryland Criminal Code Section 2-209. Those found guilty in a court of law can be punished by monetary fines and imprisonment.
Normally, vehicular manslaughter in Maryland can be penalized by a maximum of 10 years in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, 12 points on the defendant’s driver’s license, and possible driving privilege revocation. However, when vehicular manslaughter is committed while driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, an additional prison sentence of up to three to five years can be imposed. While the maximum prison sentences and fines are not always given for drunk driving fatality cases, Maryland DUI charges can be added to these penalties, resulting in consecutive prison sentences and mounting monetary fines.
A drunk driving conviction can result in severe penalties, but drunk driving that results in injuries or death can end in an incredibly lengthy prison stay and enormous fines. In order to protect yourself from such punishments, the Waldorf DUI vehicular manslaughter attorneys at Alpert Schreyer can represent you in court and use their years of experience in your favor. Contact our offices at (301) 321-7277 to see how our skilled law team can aid you in your case today.