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SERIOUS TRAFFIC OFFENSES

When you think of traffic violations, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably relatively minor infractions, such as parking or speeding tickets. But there are much more serious traffic offenses which can result in harsh punishments under Maryland law. These punishments include hefty fines, license suspension, and even jail time.

 

Serious traffic offenses include:

 

Vehicular Manslaughter

Under Maryland law you cannot cause the death of another person by operating your vehicle in 1) a criminally negligent manner, or 2) a grossly negligent manner.

 

Criminally negligent manslaughter is a misdemeanor offense. If found guilty you could face up to 3 years in prison, along with up to a $5,000 fine. To prove criminal negligence, the prosecution must show that the defendant should have been but wasn’t aware that his or her conduct created a “substantial and unjustifiable risk” to human life.

Grossly negligent manslaughter is a felony. If found guilty you could face up to 10 years in prison, along with up to a $5,000 fine. To prove gross negligence, the prosecution must show that the defendant was aware of but consciously disregarded the risk to human life posed by his or her conduct.

 

Vehicular Homicide

Under Maryland law you cannot cause the death of another person by operating your vehicle in 1) under the influence of alcohol, or 2) impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance.

Under the influence of alcohol. Homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a felony. First offenders face up to five years in prison and/or a maximum $5,000 in fines. On a second conviction, the offender is looking at up to ten years in prison and/or a maximum $10,000 in fines.

While impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance. Homicide by motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance is a felony. First offenders face up to three years in prison and/or a maximum $5,000 in fines. On a second conviction, the offender is looking at up to five years in prison and/or a maximum $10,000 in fines.

 

Driving with a suspended license

In Maryland it is possible to receive jail time for driving with a suspended license. Lack of knowledge of the suspension will not hold up in court if the state believes you were fairly and legally notified.

 

A conviction for driving with a suspended license can result in:

  • An additional license suspension period

  • Expensive fines

  • More points on your license

  • Higher car insurance rates

  • Jail time

 

Because of the severity of the consequences for these serious traffic offenses, you need a skilled attorney on your side fighting to protect you.

 

My practice has over 30 years of experience defending Maryland residents against serious traffic violations. We have been very successful in getting clients the best results possible, and in protecting their job, family, reputation, and freedom.

 

Call my office now to schedule your free consultation, so I can listen to your story and then tell you exactly how we can help you.

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