Maryland Negligent Homicide and DUI/DWI
Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs can be very intimidating and confusing. If the arrest follows an injury or fatal accident, however, you are probably feeling very scared and anxious. The last thing you would ever want to do is cause harm to another human being, but now you are being charged with just that. Feeling uncertain of what will happen to you now is normal, but you don’t have to face such serious charges alone. At Alpert Schreyer, our experienced DUI defense attorneys in Maryland are dedicated to providing our clients with the support, guidance, and legal counsel that they need to overcome such a devastating situation.
Serious Consequences for a Serious Crime
Most DUI crimes are misdemeanors. Although the penalties vary, misdemeanor DUI crimes can include driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or causing an accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs which results in life-threatening injuries to another person. DUI crimes that cause life-threatening injury to another person are the most serious of DUI misdemeanor crimes. If the DUI accident resulted in the death of another person, however, it is a felony.
Maryland Manslaughter Laws
Negligent homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a felony crime under § 2-503 of the Maryland Criminal Law Code Annotated. The fact that it is found within the state’s manslaughter laws demonstrates how serious a crime causing a DUI accident resulting in death truly is. Prosecutors will not treat such a crime like an accident and will pursue the heaviest punishment allowable under the law.
According to section (c) of § 2-503, any person who is convicted of causing the death of another as the result of driving under the influence of alcohol is guilty of a felony and is subject to a maximum imprisonment of five years and/or a maximum fine of $5,000 upon conviction.
Under § 2-504 and § 2-505, causing the death of another while driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs are also felonies. Both are punishable a maximum imprisonment of three years and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.
Additional penalties may include the suspension of your driver’s license, the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, impoundment of your vehicle, and/or completion of a drug/alcohol treatment program.
What You Are Facing
Understanding your legal rights and options is the first step to effectively protecting your future, but to do that, you should be aware of the severity of the consequences you face. Not only are there both immediate administrative and criminal consequences, such as those mentioned above, but also future repercussions.
A DUI conviction is a criminal conviction and criminal convictions can remain on your record forever. The next time you apply for a job or when you are contesting custody of your children after a divorce, that conviction will be there and may color the decision of whoever is in charge. An employer will almost always hire an applicant without a criminal conviction over one with one, and a judge will usually favor the party without a criminal record. Your best hope to avoid such adverse effects on your future is to retain the services of a knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer who will aggressively fight the serious charges you are facing.
Experienced Representation for Superior Results
When making the choice to hire a criminal defense attorney, it is important to answer some very important questions: Does this law firm have a successful track record? Do the attorneys have experience in handling cases like mine? Do they fully understand the state’s laws? Do they consider their clients a top priority? Do they care about what happens to me?
Yes, we do. The experienced attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC have been handling DUI cases of all types for decades and have, in fact, successfully represented over 1,000 clients. A Negligent Homicide by Motor Vehicle conviction can ruin your life, but with our help and support you can be assured of aggressive and skilled representation. Your best interests are our best interests and we will work hard to prevent overzealous prosecutors from obtaining an unlawful conviction or impose unnecessary penalties. If you are facing Negligent Homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of and/or drugs or any other DUI charge, contact us today at (866) 444-6363 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our top rated DUI defense attorneys and to learn more about your legal rights and options.