A 60-year-old Bishopville man has been arrested on suspicion of causing a crash while under the influence of alcohol. According to a WBOC news report, the collision occurred in the parking lot of 9636 Stephen Decatur Highway in West Ocean City. Officials say the man was intoxicated when he backed out of a parking space into a 58-year-old man’s car. No injuries were suffered in the crash, but the vehicles sustained minor damage. The driver allegedly responsible for the crash refused to submit to a blood test and was arrested on charges of driving under the influence (DUI).
If you have been arrested on drunk driving charges in Maryland, it is important that you understand the severity of the penalties you are facing. Even first-time DUI offenders in Maryland can face:
- Up to one year in jail
- An automatic driver’s license suspension
- A fine of up to $1,000
- Increased insurance premiums
These penalties can increase even more if the defendant caused an accident, is a repeat offender, or was transporting a minor at the time of the arrest. It is common in these types of cases for defendants to face fewer alternative sentencing options and for the social, professional, and financial consequences to be more severe.
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, it may be possible for first-time offenders to avoid some of the negative consequences of a conviction through “Probation Before Judgment.” This means that the defendant can avoid jail time and the creation of a criminal record.
The experienced criminal defense team at Alpert Schreyer knows how to fight DUI charges in Maryland. We offer free case evaluations to those facing drunk driving charges. Our defense attorneys will strive to help you achieve the best possible outcome and will ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way. Call 866-444-6363 for your no cost consultation today.