Question: Can you discuss the potential penalties for causing an accident that results in death in a Maryland DUI case?
Answer: Whenever somebody is killed as a result of a DUI or driving under the influence charge, the main charge that they are charged with is auto manslaughter. That charge carries 10 years of incarceration. Depending on the person’s record and the facts of the case would determine whether the judge would ever consider something that high of a sentence.
You know, usually if the person has a clean record, they’re on the low end of the spectrum, but the charge does carry 10 years. And there’s other various charges that they can tack on: the DUI itself, which can carry a year, and then any other secondary charges could come along. So I guess if you tacked everything on it could be a little more than 10, but 10 years right now is the max for an auto manslaughter case.