Vehicular manslaughter is a serious charge, but depending on the circumstances of the incident, the crime may be considered a misdemeanor or felony. If you have been accused of vehicular manslaughter in Maryland it is important that you take immediate action to protect your legal rights by consulting with an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney. There are different types of vehicular manslaughter that you may be charged with and an experienced defense attorney will be able to build a specific defense against the charges you are facing and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Types of Maryland Vehicular Manslaughter and Homicide:
- § 2-209. Negligent Manslaughter by vehicle or vessel
- § 2-210. Criminally Negligent Manslaughter by vehicle or vessel
- § 2-503. Negligent Homicide by motor vehicle or vessel while under the influence of alcohol
- § 2-504. Negligent Homicide by motor vehicle or vessel while impaired by alcohol
- § 2-505. Negligent Homicide by motor vehicle or vessel while impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol.
- § 2-506. Negligent Homicide by motor vehicle or vessel while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance
Serious Charges, Lesser Charges
The first vehicular manslaughter charge, which involves gross negligence, carries the heaviest penalties. “Gross negligence” is generally defined as behavior demonstrating a reckless disregard for human life. Vehicular homicide, if proven to have been committed under gross negligence, carries a felony charge, a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, and/or a maximum $5,000 fine. If you are facing such charges with a Maryland vehicular manslaughter defense attorney on your side, you may be able to get those charges reduced or dismissed depending upon the circumstances surrounding your case.
All vehicular manslaughter crimes committed under the influence of or impaired by alcohol, drugs, or controlled dangerous substances are felonies under the MD Criminal Law Code Annotated and most carry a maximum three years imprisonment and/or $5,000 fine. Manslaughter by DUI of alcohol carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Protecting You against Unjust Charges
Vehicular homicide carries serious consequences, not just for your present but for your future as well. To get the charges reduced or dismissed, you’ll need the help of an aggressive defense lawyer who can gather the appropriate evidence to build an effective defense on your behalf.