DUI/DWI? Protect Your Rights.
Will I lose my job?
Will I lose my license?
Will I go to jail?
The State of Maryland’s Drinking and Driving laws are severe, and the penalties associated with them can be life-altering. There are plenty of factors that determine the exact price you could pay for making this mistake, but allowing a professional DUI lawyer at Albers & Associates to defend your case can be the difference between serving a long jail sentence and being let off with a minimal fine.
You can be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) if you both:
A) have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher and
B) are caught driving, or attempting to drive a motor vehicle. For the majority of adults that are of legal drinking age, a BAC of .08% can be reached relatively quickly once alcohol consumption begins.
While a DUI conviction relies heavily on a driver having a BAC that is higher than the legal limit, a driving while impaired (DWI) conviction is typically given to a driver who has a BAC that is slightly lower than .08% but has also exhibited signs of impairment while operating a motor vehicle or during a field sobriety test.
Know the Risks & Consequences
The most common penalties for convictions related to driving under the influence or while impaired are:
Alcohol abuse assessment program attendance
Ignition interlock program enrollment
Penalties for a DWI are typically less serious than those that follow a DUI conviction, but Maryland law enforcement leaders often reevaluate these penalties in a greater attempt to deter residents from getting behind the wheel after they have consumed alcohol. This is enforced more strictly if you hold a CDL as well.
When charged with either a DUI or DWI, you can be faced with both criminal penalties and license sanctions. You can even be charged with a DUI/DWI for drug-related incidents. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been drinking and driving, what matters is whether or not you were impaired.
The penalties against your Maryland driver’s license may include the following:
DUI Administrative Penalties
- First Offense: 12 points added to driving record, license revoked for up to six months
- Second Offense: 12 points added to driving record, license revoked for up to one year
- Two Convictions within Five Years: required participation in the Ignition Interlock Program
DWI Administrative Penalties
- First Offense: 8 points added to driving record, license suspended for up to six months
- Second Offense: 8 points added to driving record, license suspended for up to one year
- Penalties for DUI/DWI are significantly higher for drivers who:
- are under 21 years of age at the time of the offense
- already have two or more DWI convictions
- are transporting a minor at the time of the offense
Albers & Associates is Here to Defend Your DUI/DWI Case
Finding legal representation should be your first course of action following a DUI or DWI charge in Maryland, and Albers & Associates is your best bet if you’re looking to lower the severity of or avoid certain penalties that are assessed upon your conviction.
Our firm represents clients in DWI/DUI, criminal, and personal injury cases throughout the state. We are seasoned in defense strategies and work alongside you to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. The professional attorneys at Albers & Associates can assist with your criminal and administrative penalties assessed throughout Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and other counties in MD.
Contact one of our associates today to schedule your free consultation. You can also learn more about the finer points of DUI charges and defense here.
You can also get started with some local resources that will help you contend with the penalties of your arrest here on our resources page.
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.