When you’re charged with a DUI, you’re often subjected to two different hearings. Both of these come with their own set of penalties. One of the hearings is an administrative hearing, where you will have to go before an administrative law judge at the MVA to present your case. This outcome will determine if you are allowed to retain your driving privileges. In the state of Maryland, being charged with DUI and/or DWI can result in a suspension of your driving privileges. However, that’s only the administrative side, when you’re charged with a DUI, you will also potentially face criminal penalties.
How Bad are DUI Criminal Penalties?
Unfortunately, a mistake that is made all too often is to brush off the criminal penalties that come with a DUI conviction, especially with a first time offense. In the state of Maryland, a standard DUI conviction, which is typically considered a misdemeanor offense, will often come with the following criminal penalties: up to $1,000 in fines and charges, and a jail sentence of up to a year. However, this is only in the instances of a standard DUI, lacking any extraneous factors such as:
- Excessive speeding and/or reckless driving
- Blood Alcohol Content of .20 or higher
- Driving with a minor child in the vehicle
- Prior DUI convictions
Any one of these factors can significantly increase your punishment. This results in higher fines, longer license suspension and more jail time.
Why You Need to Hire a Good Attorney
In short, it is foolish to take a DUI charge lightly, given what you stand to lose for being convicted. With the potential for both criminal and administrative penalties, the first step you need to take when you are charged with driving under the influence is to hire an experienced DUI defense attorney. Having an attorney that is experienced with Maryland DUI laws and procedures as well as the science behind breath and blood alcohol testing can make a considerable difference between a DUI conviction and being acquitted of the charges. There are many defenses that can be used to help you in your case. However, it takes the help of a skilled attorney to identify as well as present the defenses during your trial.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in the state of Maryland and are looking for an experienced law firm to represent you, then contact the legal offices of Alpert Schreyer. Andrew Alpert is a nationally acclaimed DUI defender. He has been successfully been representing cases in the Maryland and D.C. area for over 25 years. Using a team approach, Andrew Alpert’s team of skilled legal attorneys can help represent your defense during your trial. Call on go online for a free consultation today.