If you face a driving under the influence (DUI) charge in Maryland, you’re no doubt concerned about the implications for your future and may not know where to turn for guidance.
The best thing you can do for yourself and for your case is to consult an experienced DUI attorney at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC, who will carefully analyze your claim and educate you about your best options. A DUI conviction can haunt your future. A dedicated Maryland DUI lawyer can help.
In Maryland, most DUI convictions result in misdemeanor charges—rather than felonies—but they’re still serious. In Maryland, it’s illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol (with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more). The first violation of this law carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail, license revocation of six months, 12 points on your license, and a $1,000 fine. Subsequent offenses lead to significant increases in these penalties.
CONSEQUENCES OF A DUI: THE BASICS
If a court convicts you of a DUI, you will face significant ramifications. The fines, of course, present financial difficulties. Revocation of your license, however, probably causes an even more significant hardship. Few people find that they’re able to conduct their lives in the old familiar ways when they must refrain from driving for significant amounts of time. Furthermore, your car insurance rates are destined to skyrocket with a DUI conviction. These punishments, however, are just the beginning.
MORE COMPLICATED CONSEQUENCES
Things become more complicated from here. If the court sentences you to jail, you will face social stigmas and often significant psychological effects. Such a sentence can lead to family struggles, problems at work (or loss of work), damaged self-esteem, and much more. In fact, the consequences of a DUI jail sentence can prove difficult to overstate.
Even if the court doesn’t sentence you to time in jail, your career can suffer significantly from a DUI conviction. The inability to drive can put you at a distinct disadvantage. And some employers just aren’t comfortable employing people with DUI convictions on their records—they may feel that it reflects badly on the company. If you need to find new employment, a DUI conviction can also make that more difficult. Many employers conduct background checks and won’t hire those with criminal convictions, either by policy or preference.
IF YOU FACE A DUI CHARGE, CONSULT AN EXPERIENCED MARYLAND DUI ATTORNEY
If you’re facing DUI charges in Maryland, you have a lot to lose. A DUI conviction can wreak havoc on your future, but an experienced DUI attorney can help you better understand the circumstances of your case and will help guide your case toward its most positive outcome.
The knowledgeable legal team at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC, in Maryland, will explore your defense options with you. Our dedicated DUI attorneys have the experience, skill, and commitment to aggressively advocate for your case’s best possible resolution. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at(301) 321-7277 for a free consultation today.