If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland, the impact on your driver’s license can be severe. In this blog post, we’ll explore the consequences of a DUI on your Maryland driver’s license, including potential suspension or revocation and steps you can take to regain your driving privileges.
First, it’s important to understand that Maryland has a two-tiered system for DUI offenses. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above .08 but below .15, you will be charged with a DUI. If your BAC is .15 or above, you will be charged with a more serious offense known as driving while intoxicated (DWI).
For a first-time DUI offense in Maryland, your driver’s license will be suspended for 180 days. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, your license will be suspended for 270 days. If you are convicted of a second DUI offense within five years of your first offense, your license will be suspended for one year. A third DUI offense within five years will result in a license revocation for 18 months.
In addition to license suspension or revocation, a DUI conviction can also lead to fines, probation, community service, and even jail time. Your car insurance premiums may also increase significantly, and you may have difficulty obtaining car insurance at all.
So, what can you do if your license is suspended or revoked due to a DUI conviction? You may be eligible for a hardship license, which allows you to drive to and from work, school, and medical appointments. To obtain a hardship license, you will need to complete an alcohol education program and provide proof of insurance. You may also need to install an ignition interlock device in your car, which requires you to pass a breathalyzer test before starting your car.
To regain your full driving privileges after a license suspension or revocation, you will need to complete an alcohol education program and possibly undergo drug and alcohol treatment. You will also need to pay any fines or fees associated with your DUI conviction and demonstrate that you are not a risk to public safety.
It’s important to note that a DUI conviction in Maryland will also appear on your driving record for at least five years. This means that potential employers, landlords, and others who conduct background checks may see your conviction and it could negatively impact your ability to secure certain opportunities.
It’s also worth mentioning that Maryland has a zero-tolerance policy for drivers under the age of 21. If you are under 21 and have a BAC of .02 or higher, your license will be suspended for 180 days for a first offense, and longer for subsequent offenses.
In addition to legal and personal consequences, drunk driving can also have devastating effects on the roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,511 fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2018, accounting for 29% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. These tragedies could have been prevented if the drivers involved had made the responsible choice not to drink and drive.
Drinking and driving is a serious offense with severe consequences. Not only can it lead to legal and personal repercussions, but it can also put yourself and others in danger. If you plan on drinking, make sure to designate a sober driver or plan for alternative transportation. It’s not worth risking your life, the lives of others, and your future over a poor decision.
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we understand the serious impact that a DUI conviction can have on your Maryland driver’s license. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to providing personalized legal representation to help you navigate the complex legal system and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
We will work closely with you to develop a strong defense strategy that takes into account the unique circumstances of your case. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of Maryland DUI law and will use their knowledge and experience to help you minimize the consequences of a DUI conviction on your driver’s license and other aspects of your life.
We know that a DUI conviction can be a stressful and challenging time, which is why we provide our clients with personalized attention and support throughout the entire legal process. We will be there to answer your questions, address your concerns, and guide you through every step of your case.
If you are facing the impact of a DUI on your Maryland driver’s license, contact us at Alpert Schreyer, LLC today to schedule a consultation. We are here to help you navigate this challenging time and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.