Maryland DUI Penalties
Like many Maryland residents who have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you may be nervous about the impact that this type of criminal charge can have on your life. If so, your feelings are certainly valid, as a drunk-driving conviction may result in a number of life-changing consequences such as jail time, loss of driving privileges, expensive fines, and increased insurance premiums. Pleading guilty to your charge will not result in a more lenient sentence, so the only way to reduce your chances of being convicted of this crime is to work with a qualified Maryland DUI defense lawyer.
Maryland DUI Conviction Penalties
First and foremost, the most important penalty you must worry about after being arrested for drunk driving is the administrative license suspension. Imposed by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), you have only 10 days to request a hearing with this government agency or automatically forfeit your driver's license. This is a strict deadline, so if your hearing request is even a day late, you lose your chance to appeal the loss of your license. To save your ability to drive, it is in your best interest to contact a defense attorney soon after your arrest to begin the administrative license suspension appeal process.
If you are convicted of drunk driving in criminal court, you can face a number of penalties based on the number of prior offenses on your record. If this is your first DUI conviction, the judge could sentence you to spend up to one year behind bars, pay a maximum of $1,000 in court fines, and suspend your license for 45 days. A second conviction can result in up to two years in jail and $2,000 in fines.
Robinson & Associates: Aggressive And Effective DUI Defense
Focused on the defense of drunk drivers, The Law Offices of Robinson & Associates has over 20 years of experience in the field, allowing us to obtain the acquittal, dismissal, and reduction of DUI charges for our clients. Each member of our team--from our DUI attorneys and paralegals to our investigators--has one common goal in mind: minimizing the impact that a drunk-driving charge has on you, your family, and your livelihood.
Thanks to our attorneys' upstanding reputations, we are the firm that lawyers, judges, law enforcement, and doctors call when arrested for impaired driving. We have successfully represented personnel from intelligence agencies, White House staff, and the children of federal judges. When someone just can't plead guilty to a DUI, they come to us.
Not all Maryland drunk-driving cases end in conviction. For honest advice on your DUI charges, please call us anytime--day or night--to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.