A 24-year-old man from Lexington Park faces potential DUI (driving under the influence) charges after being involved in a single-vehicle car accident. According to a Southern Maryland News Net report, the injury accident occurred at Chancellors Run Road and Great Mills Road in Great Mills. The driver of the vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, and his passenger signed a treatment refusal form at the scene. The deputy followed the ambulance to the hospital to test the driver’s blood alcohol level because he allegedly admitted to driving while under the influence of alcohol.
There are a number of serious penalties that first-time DUI offenders can face in Maryland, including:
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Up to one year in jail
- 12 license points
- A 45-day license suspension
- Increased auto insurance costs
- A mark on your permanent record
The penalties for a drunk driving conviction in Maryland can increase if the defendant caused injuries. Under Maryland Criminal Law Code 3-211(d): “A person may not cause a life-threatening injury to another as a result of the person’s negligently driving, operating, or controlling a motor vehicle or vessel while the person is impaired by alcohol.” Causing a life threatening injury by motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol is punishable by up to two years of incarceration and a fine of $3,000.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of DWI and causing injury, it is crucial that you act quickly to protect your rights. An experienced Maryland DWI defense attorney will guide you through the legal proceedings while helping you build a solid defense. It may be possible to have the penalties reduced or the charges dropped completely.
The skilled Maryland criminal defense attorneys at the firm of Alpert Schreyer know how to fight DUI and DWI charges in Maryland. To find out more about how we can help protect your rights, please call us at (301) 863-9997 for a free consultation.