With the holiday cheer, Maryland residents may think nothing of having a few drinks before getting behind the wheel and driving home. However, unknowingly, they may have consumed more alcohol than they anticipated and elevated their blood alcohol content to a level higher than legally allowed in most states across the country, .08 percent.
When someone gets behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and is stopped by the police for various reasons, they may face either DUI charges or DWI charges, depending on their BAC. That alone should be treated seriously, as charges could lead to suspension of a driving license or even prison time depending on the number of times the offense has taken place before.
However, DUI charges may be the least serious charges someone is facing, especially if they have caused an accident that has injured or killed someone. When this takes place, the allegedly drunk driver could be facing harsher charges, such as aggravated involuntary manslaughter.
A Maryland man faces just those charges for his alleged role in a drunk driving accident that resulted in one death. The accident occurred early in the morning on New Year's Day. He has been taken into custody while further investigations take place.
Criminal charges always carry serious consequences but instances such as these demonstrate how one mistake has the possibility of changing the course of a person's life forever. In these such situations, Maryland residents should remember they are innocent until proven guilty and they have the right to defend themselves from criminal charges in a court of law, or through negotiation with the other party. An experienced attorney may be able to provide much needed guidance through a confusing time.
Source: West.com, "Police charge man with DUI after fatal accident kills 21-year-old in Russell County, " Accessed on Jan. 3, 2016