Because impaired driving puts the lives of so many people at risk, DUI and DWI are very serious charges. Some people believe that they don’t need to go through the expense of hiring an attorney for their Maryland DUI because the case seems straightforward. However, DUI law can be complicated, and the facts of every case are different. Because there can be severe consequences if you are convicted of a DUI, it is in your best interests to make sure that you have an experienced DUI lawyer on your side. Without an attorney, you face the risk that your life will be impacted in significant ways.
You could face jail time.
In Maryland, a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can result in jail time for up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000. A second offense can lead to a sentence of up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. For a Driving While Impaired (DWI) conviction, you could receive up to sixty days in jail for a first offense, and up to one year in jail for a second offense.
You could lose your driving privileges.
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) can enforce administrative penalties against a driver convicted of DUI or DWI. The loss of driving privileges is just one of the consequences that a driver may face. Without the ability to drive, you could have difficulty commuting to your job. This could lead to significant financial challenges.
A first DUI offense can lead to a driver losing the right to drive for up to 6 months. This time can be extended up to 12 months for a second offense. Even a lesser DWI conviction can lead to a 60-day license suspension. Can you miss work for 60 days? An experienced DUI/DWI attorney will know best how to help you keep your driving privileges intact.
You could have trouble getting a new job.
Say you lose your job as result of losing your driving privileges, will you be able to get a new job when you get your license back? Employers commonly conduct background checks on job candidates before making a hiring decision. DUI/DWI convictions may appear on these background checks and could result in you losing out on a career opportunity.
Protect your future.
Having an experienced Maryland DUI attorney help you through the process is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself. With over 30 years of experience, the lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC will work hard to get you the best possible outcome in your DUI/DWI case. Contact us online or call for a free consultation at 866-444-6363.