Penalties for Drunk Driving in Maryland as Explained by Andrew Alpert

Andrew Alpert, a Maryland criminal defense attorney, understands the seriousness of a drunk driving conviction and the impact it can have on a person’s life. With more than 24,230 arrested in the state of Maryland in 2007 for drunk driving, it is a very common problem, and without experienced legal counsel, a person may face serious consequences. In Maryland it is illegal for anyone to operate a vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.08 percent or greater. The penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, for Maryland residents 21 years of age or older are:

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A first offense for DUI can result in suspension of one’s driver’s license for 45 days or 90 days (for BAC of .15 or more) and fines of up to $1,000. If a minor was in the vehicle at the time of arrest, fines may increase to $2000. Upon conviction, one may also serve a jail term of up to one year, or two years if a minor was in the vehicle.

Second Offense

A second DUI offense can result in driver’s license suspension for 90 days or 180 days (for BAC of .15 or more), fines up to $2,000 (increased to $3,000 with a minor in the vehicle), and a jail term of up to two years. If a minor was in the vehicle, the jail term can be up to three years. An ignition interlock device may be installed in the vehicle after 45 days of suspension.

Three or More Offenses

Any third, or beyond, DUI offense in Maryland may result in a 1 year minimum driver’s license suspension and fines up to $3,000, which increases to $4,000 if a minor was in the vehicle. The jail term substantially increases as well to three years, or four years if a minor was in the vehicle.

A DUI conviction in the state of Maryland will undoubtedly impact the life of a person well beyond when the jail time is served and the fines are paid; an individual’s personal, professional and financial life will be affected for years to come. If you are a MD resident facing a DUI charge, Maryland drunk driving defense lawyer Andrew Alpert and the legal team of Alpert Schreyer have the knowledge and experience to build a strong defense on your behalf and protect your rights. Don’t delay. Call our offices at (866) 444-6363 for a no-cost consultation.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.