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Vehicular Manslaughter in Baltimore
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Vehicular manslaughter occurs when a person kills another individual while operating a motor vehicle due to negligence of recklessness. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, a conviction can lead to a lengthy prison sentence, costly fines, and a permanent mark on your criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life.
If you have been charged with vehicular homicide, you need a Baltimore vehicular manslaughter attorney on your side to protect your rights and future. The attorneys at The Law Office of Mark G. Scheuerman have a lot of experience with these cases and have helped many clients facing serious charges obtain the results and justice they deserve while providing effective and personalized legal guidance from start to finish.
Maryland Vehicular Manslaughter Laws
There are several forms of vehicular manslaughter under Maryland law. For the most part, vehicular manslaughter can be caused by either “gross negligence” or “criminal negligence.”
To be convicted of gross negligence, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant understood their actions but knowingly disregarded the risk of human life. By contrast, to be convicted of criminal negligence, the prosecutor must show the defendant didn’t know his/her conduct posed a significant risk to human life.
Additionally, there are two other types of vehicular manslaughter in relation to drunk driving. If a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was at least .08 percent, he/she could be charged with under-the-influence-of-alcohol vehicular manslaughter. On the other hand, if a person’s “normal coordination” is affected by alcohol and/or drugs, he/she could be charged with impaired vehicular manslaughter.
The following are the penalties associated with each vehicular manslaughter offense in Maryland:
- Grossly negligent vehicular manslaughter – A felony offense that is punishable by a maximum 10-year prison term and a fine no more than $5,000.
- Criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter – A misdemeanor that carries a jail term of up to three years and a maximum $5,000 fine.
- Under-the-influence vehicular manslaughter – A felony that is punishable by a maximum five-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Impaired vehicular manslaughter – A felony that carries a prison term of up to three years and a fine of up to $5,000.
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