DUI Fines and Loss of Income

A DUI offense is a very serious charge that carries with it an assortment of consequences. Thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees, the loss of a driver’s license and even the loss of one’s job are all repercussions that can result from a DUI conviction in Maryland.

According to Maryland Transportation Code, Section 27-101, any individual who is convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol (per Maryland Transportation Code § 21-902, driving or attempting to drive any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol…) will be subjected to:

  • A fine of not more than $1,000, or imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or both, for a first offense;
  • A fine of not more than $2,000, or imprisonment for not more than 2 years, or both, for a second offense;
  • A fine of not more than $3,000, or imprisonment for not more than 3 years, or both for a third offense and all subsequent offenses thereafter

Also worth noting is that both fines and jail time each increase if the motorist convicted of DUI was transporting a minor at the time of the incident. Monetary fines each increase by an amount of $1,000 if a minor was present, resulting in fines of $2,000, $3,000, and $4,000 respectively.

After your Maryland DUI fines are paid, insurance premiums rise, and other monetary costs seem to at least be partially under control, individuals accused of drunk driving often find themselves struggling to make ends meet, particularly if their DUI conviction has a negative impact on their work situation. Some occupations, like delivery drivers and government officials, require a valid driver’s license for the job, which could prove quite difficult for an individual who has had his or her license revoked. Despite the hurdles a DUI conviction presents, the ultimate goal should be to ensure that your job is not jeopardized anymore than it has to be. It is vital that you do all that is possible to line up rides to work so that you can keep an income coming in when faced with this difficult situation. It would obviously become more difficult to make ends meet and to pay for legal bills as well as everyday necessities if the loss of a job is another consequence of your DUI conviction.

The way that your income and financial affairs are affected is perhaps one of the biggest obstacles you will face after a DUI conviction. It is important that you make the needed adjustments and changes to your everyday life and that you do everything in your power to ensure you can maintain a steady income. With so much on the line, it is highly advisable to investigate all of your options in order to minimize the negative impact of your arrest and to avoid a drunk driving conviction at all costs. An experienced defense attorney will carefully examine the circumstances of your case and ensure that you are provided with a strong defense. With so much to lose, it is vital that you explore all of your options. Contact the DUI attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC today at (866) 444-6363 for more information and a free evaluation of your case.