A DUI conviction in Maryland can subject you to numerous criminal penalties, including hefty fines and long prison sentences. However, there are also several collateral consequences associated with Maryland DUI convictions. For this reason, it is critical to resolve your case as favorably as possible – which starts with retaining an experienced lawyer as soon as you can.
A “collateral consequence” of a criminal conviction refers to a civil or administrative penalty or consequence which attaches itself to the criminal conviction. These civil penalties and consequences are imposed in addition to the criminal fines and penalties which are already connected to the conviction.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Maryland, you need a criminal defense lawyer on your side safeguarding your legal rights and representing you throughout your case. The Maryland DUI criminal defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC understand the potential penalties and inconvenience associated with a DUI charge or conviction. Our experienced team of lawyers may be able to represent you in your case and help to minimize the collateral consequences of a DUI conviction.
You Can Lose Your Security Clearance after a DUI
If you have a job which requires that you maintain an active security clearance, a DUI conviction – or even an arrest – can pose a significant problem for you. This is especially true if you are a military employee or if you work for a business or facility, such as a nuclear power plant, that has a contract with the United States Government.
You could be Deported or Denied a Green Card or Work Visa Renewal
If you are not a United States citizen at the time of your DUI arrest or conviction, you could theoretically be deported – especially if you have other criminal cases or convictions pending. More commonly, the government could refuse to renew your green card or work visa, or your renewal could be significantly delayed.
Your Insurance Rates Could Increase
If you are charged with or convicted of a Maryland DUI, many of your insurance costs are sure to rise. Some of the most common types of insurance costs which can increase following a DUI conviction include:
- Life insurance costs
- Health insurance costs
- Motor vehicle insurance costs
You Could Lose Your Job
Some jobs require you to disclose a DUI conviction to human resources, at which point a company official makes the decision about employment termination or other potential consequences. Moreover, if you are applying for a job in the future, you will most likely need to disclose that you have sustained a DUI conviction.
You Could be Sued Civilly
If you caused a motor vehicle accident as a result of drinking and driving, the injured accident victim could file a civil lawsuit against you for monetary damages. Moreover, you could be assessed punitive damages which are not typically covered by motor vehicle insurance policies. Consequently, you could be forced to pay these costs out-of-pocket.
Contact a Maryland DUI Criminal Defense Attorney Today for a Free Case Evaluation
Some people think that a Maryland DUI conviction can only result in criminal penalties, such as fines and incarceration. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Being charged or convicted of a DUI could cause you to lose your security clearance, lose your job, pay higher insurance rates, or even be subject to a civil lawsuit.
The Maryland DUI criminal defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC may be able to help you minimize the personal and financial consequences of a DUI conviction. To schedule a free case evaluation with a Maryland DUI criminal defense lawyer, please call us today at 866-444-6363, or contact us online.