If you’ve only just gotten your license, then you’re probably still trying to figure out all of the laws you need to know to operate a motor vehicle safely. However, ignorance of the law does not excuse breaking it. It is your responsibility as a driver and citizen to know the laws you are obligated to abide by. If you are a new driver who has been charged with a DUI, then you need a Maryland DUI Lawyer on your side. Here’s what you need to know.
Zero Tolerance for Under 21 DUI Charges
If you’re under the age of 21, then you’re not allowed to imbibe alcohol on any occasion, under any circumstances. If you are found with a BAC of 0.02%, which is about one drink or less, you can lose your license, if you’re under the legal drinking age.
Additionally, a driver under 21 with a BAC of 0.08% will also likely face criminal charges. If you are under 18 when this occurs, then the case will be heard in juvenile court. If you’re over 18, but under 21, then you will be tried as an adult. No matter how you will be tried, having a Maryland DUI Attorney on your side is vital.
The Penalties for New Drivers of Legal Drinking Age
In the state of Maryland, it is possible for you to be over 21 and still be a new driver, which we are categorizing as anyone who is still driving on a provisional license. In these cases, you will be subject to the 0.08% BAC legal limit for DUIs. However, the administrative actions of the MVA may be more swift and sure considering that you are a new driver.
In general, the penalties for minor traffic offenses for provisional license holders tend to be a bit more severe than if the license was a fully-privileged one, thus the thinking follows that they would be worse for DUIs as well.
Prepare for Court and Ask for Help
One of the most important parts of growing up is learning when to ask for help. Being charged with a DUI is never easy, but you can approach the situation with a dependable legal team on your side to protect your future. After all, you’ve got a long one ahead of you. Ask your legal team any questions that you might have about the process including how to conduct yourself and what you can expect from the proceedings. Going to court is frighting for anyone, but it can be particularly unnerving your first time.
You Have Experience on Your Side with a Maryland DUI Lawyer
Though knowing the law is important, having an experienced lawyer on your side is even more so. Contact Albers & Associates to discuss the details of your case so that we can work together to protect your future. We offer free consultations and top of the line legal advice, so let’s work together and help you when you need it.
Will I Lose My License?
You might. Depending on the type of license you have and whether or not you are convicted, your license may be suspended or even revoked depending on the circumstances of your charges. However, even being charged with a DUI can result in the suspension of your license, which can affect your life substantially.
Will I Lose My Job?
It depends on your job. At the time of your arrest, the police officer will confiscate your license and provide you with a paper license that you can use until your MVA Hearing. However, for people who hold commercial driver’s licenses, also known as CDLs, this will not replace the license you need to do your job. So, until the charges are cleared, you will not be able to work. Getting on the phone with a lawyer as soon as humanly possible is essential for your continued employment.
Am I Going to Jail?
You might. If you are found guilty of a DUI, particularly if this is your second or third offense, you may face jail time. One possible outcome of DUI court proceedings, a Probation Before Judgment, can be sought. If you are able to secure a PBJ, you will be able to avoid going to jail.