Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious traffic crime in Maryland that can result in major penalties for an alleged offender. Many people arrested for DUI presume that they have no defense against these criminal charges and will be destined to plead guilty while hoping for the mercy of the court.
If you or your loved one has been arrested for DUI in Maryland, you need to understand the severity of a conviction and do whatever you can to avoid those penalties and seek the help of a Maryland DUI attorney. Thompson Legal Group has a team of experienced DUI lawyers in Maryland who will be able to fight to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed.
A first DUI in Maryland is punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and a driver’s license suspension of up to six months. A person could also be ordered to participate in an alcohol abuse assessment and program.
A second DUI becomes punishable by a mandatory minimum of five days up to two years in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, and a driver’s license suspension of up to nine months. Two convictions in five years will lead to a mandatory period of suspension and a minimum required period of participation in the Ignition Interlock Program.
A third or subsequent DUI is punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, and a driver’s license suspension of up to 12 months. The consequences for any DUI conviction could be increased by an additional year imprisonment and another $1,000 in fines when an alleged offender had a passenger who was under 18 years of age on their vehicle.
Were you recently arrested for DUI anywhere in Maryland? Contact Thompson Legal Group so you can have a skilled Maryland DUI attorney on your side.
Our firm can examine your arrest and may be able to use any errors in the administration of sobriety tests to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Our DUI lawyers in Maryland have extensive experience handling drunk and drugged driving cases, so we will know how to give you the best chance at success in the courtroom. Contact our office today!