What is negligent vehicle homicide?

A charge for negligent vehicle homicide in Maryland is very serious. This charge is levied against someone who law enforcement believes is responsible for killing a person while driving a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle due to his or her serious reckless or negligent behavior.

Vehicle homicide is a form of involuntary manslaughter. There are actually four statutes in Maryland that deal with the death of an individual due to someone’s drinking and driving. According to Maryland Criminal Law Statute §2–503, the possible penalties for this charge is up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

At The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, we know that in every accident, there is someone who wants to place the blame for the accident on another person. You could be charged with negligent vehicle homicide if you were driving drunk, driving distracted, speeding or driving recklessly. You could even face this charge if you fell asleep while driving.

We know that each person is different. We also know that the circumstances of each charge a client faces is different. The prosecution wants a guilty verdict, but it is important to remember that you and every other person charged with a crime in this country is innocent until — and only if — they are found guilty in a court of law. If the media has extensively covered your case, you may feel as though you were already found guilty before you even go to court; however, that is not how our criminal justice system works.

We invite you to browse through our website, especially noting the page on negligent vehicle homicide. We offer a free consultation for Baltimore and other Maryland defendants.