When you’re charged with a DUI in Maryland, the penalties you receive will depend on a few different factors, including criminal history and BAC level at the time of your stop. At Albers & Associates, we can help you avoid jail time and other harsh penalties when you work with our professional DUI defense attorneys.
DUI Penalties in Maryland
Maryland has a zero-tolerance policy for drivers who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. This means strict penalties, even if it is a first-time offense. The most common penalties assessed for DUI are:
- Hefty fines
- Points added to driving record
- Driver’s license revocation or suspension
- Enrollment in Ignition Interlock Program (IIP)
- Jail time
Central Booking vs. Jail
Drivers who are caught operating a motor vehicle while over the legal limit of alcohol, including first-time offenders, are often arrested on the spot and taken to central booking. They can be held here while they sober up or while waiting for their bond to be paid. Depending on the details surrounding the DUI, offenders may be imprisoned and serve jail time for their crime(s).
Reasons Your DUI Could Mean Jail Time
Although sometimes even first-time offenders in Maryland can receive sentences of imprisonment for driving under the influence, there are some specific circumstances that almost guarantee jail time if paired with your DUI:
- Being under the legal drinking age
- Having a suspended license
- Refusing the breathalyzer test
- Causing an accident
- Injuring another driver or a pedestrian
- Transporting a minor
- Previous DUI charges
Avoid Imprisonment with a Maryland DUI Attorney
The best way to avoid harsh penalties like jail time when you are charged with DUI is to work with a reliable MD criminal defense attorney. At Albers & Associates. we’ve been practicing DUI law for many years and have a proven track record of ensuring our clients get fair treatment when faced with DUI/DWI charges. Contact us today for a free legal 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.