DUI Causing Injury
Being arrested for a DUI or DWI can be frightening and confusing. However an arrest for a DUI accident that has caused injury to another person brings these feelings of intimidation, uncertainty, and fear to a whole different level. Will I lose my job? What will my family, friends and co-workers think? Will I go to jail? How will I support my family if I lose my job? How can I prove my innocence? These are only a few of many questions you may be asking yourself and the lawyers at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC are here to help you answer them.
Driving under the influence of or while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is not only illegal, it is also very dangerous and is responsible for tens of thousands of road injuries and fatalities each year. This is why all states, have strict laws and penalties for DUI offenders. A drunk driving conviction in Maryland alone can carry significant penalties; however, if you are convicted of causing injury to another individual as a result of a DUI traffic accident, then you face even harsher punishment.
What You Should Do After Your Arrest
If you have been arrested for a DUI and causing an injury accident, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced DUI defense attorney right away. You are facing serious charges that can have lifelong consequences so retaining the services of an aggressive, experienced attorney with a proven track record of winning DUI cases is a must. At Alpert Schreyer Poe, our Maryland DUI accident defense attorneys have successfully represented over 1,000 individuals charged with DUI and DWI in Maryland including those who have been charged with causing injury to another while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Our DUI defense attorneys have advanced training in Maryland DUI laws and DUI defense, giving us the knowledge and skills necessary to challenge the evidence against you and launch an aggressive defense on your behalf.
Maryland Law – Crimes Against the Person
In Maryland, causing injury to another while driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is considered a crime against the person, under § 3-211 of the state’s Criminal Law Code and carries harsh penalties. The law states that “a person may not cause a life-threatening injury to another as a result of the person’s negligently driving, operating, or controlling a motor vehicle or vessel while the person is under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of alcohol per se.” Additionally, it is illegal for any person to cause a life-threatening injury as the result of their driving under the influence of a drug, or any combination of drugs.
Penalties for DUI Involving Injuries
If you are convicted of DUI causing injury, you will be subject to a number of penalties, in addition to the suspension of your driver’s license by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). These penalties include:
- A misdemeanor charge;
- A maximum 2 year sentence of imprisonment; and/or
- A maximum $3,000 fine.
These penalties also apply to a DUI of a controlled substance causing injury. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, aggravating factors, such as prior convictions would likely result in additional or harsher, punishments, including installation of an ignition interlock device.
Committed to Aggressively Defending Your Legal Rights
A DUI crime is in violation of both criminal and transportation law and carries several penalties that can impose substantial personal, financial, and professional hardships on your life. If you have been charged with a DUI crime against another person in Maryland, the dedicated DUI injury lawyers with the law firm of Alpert Schreyer Poe can help to make sure that you are not subjected to an unjust conviction or excessive penalties. A DUI can follow you for the rest of your life. Don’t let this happen to you.
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