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Homicide By Motor Vehicle While Under The Influence Of Alcohol or Impaired in Maryland

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. 

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Eric T Kirk

After graduating with honors from Albany Law School in New York, Eric Kirk has spent most of his 25 year legal career battling insurance companies to secure fair and just compensation for his clients in Maryland, New York, and Florida.