Many people get in trouble for the way they drive. Whether someone is going over the speed limit or driving too closely to the vehicle in front, police officers have many reasons to issue tickets, or even charge individuals with crimes, for the way they conduct themselves behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, a recent incident may have left you facing more than just a speeding ticket.
If a police officer pulls over your vehicle, you likely wrack your brain trying to remember your legal rights while trying to remain calm. After all, a police officer stopping you is rarely a pleasant experience for most drivers. However, if authorities became involved because a car accident took place for which they believe you are at fault, you may face a more serious situation.
In some cases, car accidents can lead to criminal charges. For instance, if drugs or alcohol are involved, the driver could face DUI charges. In some cases, additional allegations could also result, including one for vehicular assault. If the car accident in which you were involved resulted in the injuries of another person, this type of charge could result. However, at least one of the following elements often also applies in order for a vehicular assault charge to occur:
- Reckless or negligent operation of a motor vehicle
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Even if a charge for vehicular assault does not come against you, you could still face allegations for reckless driving or DUI, either of which could have serious consequences if a conviction takes place. As a result, it is important to understand how Maryland laws view vehicular assault and actions relating to this type of crime.
Injuring a person as the result of a car accident caused by reckless or negligent driving is certainly a serious situation already. However, if the person dies as a result of those injuries, it is possible for vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide charges to apply. Therefore, it is immensely important that you understand any criminal allegations brought against you in the aftermath of a car accident.
Though facing any charges can seem overwhelming, you may want to remember that you have legal rights to defend against those accusations. Working with a criminal defense attorney could better ensure that you have the right information to properly address your case.