What Are Manslaughter by Vehicle and Criminal Negligence in Maryland?
We’ve seen that a person who drives a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner, and causes death, commits manslaughter by vehicle, and can be subject to 10 years in prison. Seasoned Baltimore Criminal Defense attorneys Attorney Eric T. Kirk also know that the criminal law does not punish a person causing death by vehicle, where that person is acting with garden variety, everyday negligence [i.e. carelessness], although there may be civil liability.
However, where person acts with culpable, or criminal negligence, and causes death by vehicle, the law provides a penalty – 3 years in jail.
Criminal defense attorneys in Baltimore know that criminal negligence is a gross deviation from standard of care employed by a reasonable person in perceiving risks of harm to another.