Question: Are there additional penalties for causing injury as a result of DUI in Maryland?
Answer: Whenever there’s a DUI and someone is injured, the defense side in the insurance manner often wants to hand over liability. The reason being is that insurance companies do not want a jury to hear or a judge to hear that the defendant in the case was DUI. So, it often triggers a very simple civil case for the person who was injured. There is no additional criminal penalty if someone is injured as a result of a DUI.
The judge would take into account when doing his original sentence, but it’s still considered an accidental act, so there’s no assault charge or anything like that that’s tacked on. So you would still be subject to the year in jail and any civil punishment that could come from it. And, often the judge takes into account whether somebody was injured or not in their sentencing. So, a person could still receive up to a year in jail, which is still a pretty hefty punishment, but there’s no additional punishment as a result of somebody being injured.