Negligent driving, alone, that results in the death of a person carries a penalty of three years.
The penalties go up if a vehicle and alcohol are involved, and a death results.
A person who negligently operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol commits a felony, when a death results. A good criminal defense lawyer in Baltimore will advise the client in this unfortunate situation they face 5 years in jail for negligently operating a car [or boat] under the influence of alcohol. The state has two avenues to prove influence: a blood alcohol level of .08, or testimony that the person was intoxicated.
There is also a lesser offense possible at the unfortunate junction of driving while using an intoxicating substance and the loss of human life. If the driver is impaired by alcohol, and negligently operates a vehicle resulting in death, the penalty is up to 3 years.
-This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 3/2/20.