The Potential Penalties for Vehicular Homicide in Maryland

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The Potential Penalties for Vehicular Homicide in MarylandUnder Maryland law, you can be prosecuted for vehicular homicide as a consequence of four different events:

  • Manslaughter by vehicle—A felony, this charge involves a traffic death resulting from gross negligence. Potential sanctions include up to 10 years in prison, as well as up to $5,000 in fines. If you have prior convictions for homicide or vehicular homicide, the prison term can be extended to 15 years and the fines can be doubled.
  • Criminally negligent manslaughter—This is generally charged as a misdemeanor offense, but can result in a three-year-prison term, as well as $5,000 in fines. A prior conviction can change the offense from a misdemeanor to a felony, with the potential for 5 years of incarceration and $10,000 in fines.
  • Homicide by motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol—Another felony, this can bring a 5-year-prison-term for first time offenders, as well as $5,000 in fines. A second prosecution may cause the penalties to be doubled.
  • Vehicular homicide while impaired by drugs, alcohol or a controlled substance—Also a felony, this crime can lead to 3-5 years in prison, as well as $5,000-$10,000 in fines, based on the number of prior convictions.

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