Falsely Accused of a DUI? Know Your Rights.
Driving under the influence is a serious crime with serious penalties that can affect every aspect of your life. If you’ve been charged with a DUI in the state of Maryland, there are a few essential things that you should know as your case proceeds.
Hiring the Right DUI Lawyer is Essential
Your DUI case is going to have a serious, lasting impact on your life. In the event that you are convicted of this crime, you may end up serving prison time, paying large fines, and losing your license. Having your license suspended may lead to losing your job, harming your relationships, and experiencing an overall decline in your quality of life. The stakes are high in a DUI case, which means that having the right lawyer is going to make all the difference.
DUIs are Permanent
Once you’ve been convicted of a DUI in the state of Maryland, the blemish will remain on your record indefinitely. Though it won’t be able to be used against you after 5 years to escalate your charges, it will remain visible to potential employers and the like. Avoiding these charges is of paramount importance to ensure the safety of your future.
Probation Before Judgment and Other
Engaging in the right defense tactics for your DUI is going to make all the difference in the world whether this is your first DUI or not. Some of the ways that you can maximize your potential for a positive outcome are as follows:
Albers & Associates Can Help.
If you’re facing DUI charges in the state of Maryland, then you have come to the right place. Albers & Associates has a proven track record for success for DUI cases and we’re ready to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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.