Collateral Consequences – A DUI/DWI Arrest May Cost You More Than You Think
Have you had a family member, friend, co-worker or, even worse, an attorney, tell you a DUI or DWI arrest is not a serious charge in MD and you may be able to save money by “hiring the least expensive lawyer you can find” or “just handling it yourself”? Have you been told that “the worst that can happen is you will have to go Court and pay a fine”?
Before you heed their advice, please know that, in addition to potential loss of your license, serving jail time, and probation, there are there are also many “hidden” costs associated with a DUI arrest and conviction in the State of Maryland.
For example: Did you know there are many employers that will simply not hire you if they find out you have had a DUI conviction? It is a common practice for companies to run background checks and drivers’ license histories on prospective employees. A DUI conviction on your record can and, in many instances will, prevent you from being hired.
Even if you are currently employed, a DUI conviction can cause you to lose your job, especially if you hold a security clearance. In fact, upon a pending DUI/DWI being reported to some employers, you will be either terminated or suspended from any company activities involving driving. Make sure to check your employee handbook to see what it says.
The collateral consequences of a DWI arrest in Maryland can cost you thousands of dollars over time. It is important to seek the counsel of a knowledgeable DUI attorney to discuss your case and explain how these hidden fees may affect you.
To schedule a free case consultation with Andrew Alpert, one of Maryland’s leading DUI attorneys, please call (866) 444-6363 today.