Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from
arrest, as well as prosecution, for certain crimes.
The purpose of the law is to encourage any person, regardless of age, who experiences or observes
a medical emergency caused by the ingestion or use of alcohol or other drugs to seek medical
assistance without fear of arrest or prosecution for:
The Good Samaritan Law applies to any person who seeks, provides, or assists with the provision of
medical assistance as the result of a person ingesting or using alcohol or drugs.
It also applies to the victims if the victims receive assistance because someone else sought
assistance for them.
The law protects a person from a violation of a condition of pretrial release, probation, or
parole, if the evidence of the violation was obtained solely as a result of a person seeking,
providing or assisting with medical help to save someone’s life.
The law does not protect persons witnessing the medical emergency if they’re not helping with the
The law protects persons from criminal arrest, charge or prosecution for the six
misdemeanors listed below where the evidence was obtained solely because of the act of seeking
The Good Samaritan Law does not apply to drug felonies or other crimes not listed above.
Additionally, it does not prevent law enforcement from conducting an investigation and gathering
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