Vehicular homicide, or vehicular manslaughter, is a crime that generally
involves the death of an individual other than the driver as a result
of criminal negligence when operating a motor vehicle. Vehicular manslaughter
is considered a serious crime, and this charge must be
defended by a skilled lawyer. Read on to find more about how the different kinds of vehicular manslaughter.
Vehicular Manslaughter: Gross Negligence
Under Maryland law, 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. Gross negligence
is a premeditated decision that amounts to a reckless disregard for human
life. If convicted of this felony, you may face imprisonment of up to
10 years and a fine of up to $5,000.
Vehicular Manslaughter: Criminal Negligence
Criminal negligence is a slightly lesser charger. However, the crime of
vehicular manslaughter due to criminal negligence is still a felony. A
driver may be found guilty if his conduct is a gross deviation from the
standard of care that a reasonable person would exercise. An individual
convicted of this crime is subject to a punishment of up to three years
in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Vehicular Homicide While Under the Influence of Alcohol
DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol, is generally considered
a misdemeanor crime. A DUI may be charged if a driver’s blood alcohol
level is .08% or higher. However, when DUI results in the death of another,
a driver may be punished with up to five years in prison and a fine of
up to $5,000. Even a driver who would not otherwise be guilty of a DUI
may be charged with vehicular homicide while impaired by alcohol or vehicular
homicide while impaired by drugs. These charges are also felonies, and
they carry the same potential sentence as vehicular homicide while under
the influence of alcohol.