What is Vehicular Homicide in Maryland?

The Maryland crime of vehicular homicide is committed when a person is killed through the use of a car or other vehicle. Any individual convicted of vehicular homicide will likely face severe penalties, including time in prison, which may be increased depending on the circumstances of the crime. A vehicular homicide occurs when a motor vehicle is the instrument or tool that causes a person’s death, and the term “motor vehicle” generally includes any vehicle designed to transport people and property on public roads. Examples of motor vehicles include:

  • Cars;
  • SUVs (sport utility vehicles);
  • Motorcycles;
  • Trucks or buses; or
  • Vans and mini-vans.

In general, snowmobiles, skateboards, watercraft, and farm tractors are a few examples of things not considered to be motor vehicles. Vehicular homicide can typically be prosecuted anywhere within the state, even if the crime occurred on public property.

Under Maryland criminal law code, “A person may not cause the death of another as a result of the person’s driving, operating, or controlling a vehicle or vessel in a grossly negligent manner.” A person convicted of the crime of vehicular homicide, or vehicular manslaughter, and found guilty of violating this statute will be guilty of committing a felony in Maryland. The penalties for a conviction of grossly negligent vehicular homicide may be imprisonment for a time not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000, or both. For those charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the fine will be the same, and the maximum potential jail time would be 5 years unless gross negligence is proven.

If you are a Maryland resident facing charges for vehicular homicide, it is imperative you seek help from an experienced Waldorf vehicular homicide lawyer. The legal team at Alpert Schreyer has the experienced needed to provide you with aggressive legal representation and defend you against harsh penalties. For a free consultation regarding your case, call (800) 489-1577.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.