Causing Injury To Another While Driving

Many states have laws specifically addressing vehicular assault — the harming of another person by motor vehicle. Maryland does not cite vehicular assault by name, but it is still a common charge, and a very serious one. Law enforcement and the courts know it when they see it, and your charge will come under one of these descriptions, and conviction for any of them will change your life forever.

Serious Bodily Injury

Serious bodily injuries are those that are life-threatening, permanently debilitating, cause permanent scars, or result in the loss of an arm, leg or organ. Severe internal injuries or broken bones from being hit by a motor vehicle constitute serious bodily harm. You do not have to be drinking or otherwise intoxicated to be charged with this kind of assault.

Vehicular Manslaughter

This is the unintentional killing of another human being while driving. If alcohol is involved in the offense, it becomes an extremely serious felony, with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. It is not uncommon for those who are convicted on vehicular homicide to receive the maximum penalty.

First-Degree Assault

The most severe assault charge is first-degree assault. This felony charge is levied against individuals who attempt to cause serious physical harm or who intentionally cause serious harm that could cause permanent damage or death.

Second-Degree Assault

This is for assaults that do not rise to the level of first-degree assault, usually a matter of intent.

Your best defense against charges of vehicular assault is the presence of a knowledgeable attorney in your corner. We suggest you contact criminal defense lawyer Andrew MacDonald in Salisbury at 410-713-4465, toll free 866-242-3785, and discuss your situation with him.

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