Charged With Your 2nd DUI Offense?
Know Your Rights.
Were you arrested for a second DUI in Maryland? DUIs are serious business, and subsequent charges only make the situation worse. This means your next steps are going to prove critical for your future.
Maryland law enforcement has been cracking down on drunk drivers more seriously in recent years. This means the penalties for a 2nd DUI offense in Maryland are more severe than previous years and more severe than for a first DUI offense. So if you’re charged with a 2nd DUI in Maryland, be sure to get in touch with an experienced attorney who specializes in DUI law for immediate help.
The Penalties for a 2nd DUI in Maryland
As convictions pile up on your record, the penalties will become harsher. For a 2nd DUI offense, you may face:
- Up to two years in prison
- $2,000 in fines
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
- License suspension
- Mandatory attendance at an alcohol or drug addiction program
Though probation before judgment is often an option for first time offenders, it may be unlikely that a judge will offer you such an option for your 2nd offense.
Probation Before Judgment and Subsequent Offenses
Probation before judgment is a possible outcome of your DUI court proceedings, though this will only apply for your 1st offense. The benefit of obtaining a PBJ is that employers won’t know about your DUI and your insurance won’t be affected.
If, for your 1st offense, you were granted probation before judgment, law enforcement and the MVA will still know you were previously charged. If your 2nd DUI conviction occurs within five years of your your first, it will still count as your second offense and it will be punished accordingly.
A 2nd DUI conviction in Maryland will have long-lasting effects on your life. So hire a Maryland DUI attorney to help minimize the consequences.
Albers & Associates Is Your Solution
Our offices are all throughout Maryland including Westminster, Columbia, and Towson, and we offer services across all of Maryland. DUI charges are very serious and without ample legal protection, your future will face serious peril.
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.