Police officers in Maryland and surrounding areas on traffic duty keep their eyes peeled for anyone displaying the signs of intoxication behind the wheel. A police officer who witnesses a person swerving between lanes, braking erratically, or straddling the center of the lane may subject the driver to a breath test to see if he or she has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above. A positive result will lead to a DUI arrest.
For many drivers, a DUI arrest is their first criminal charge. Besides a license suspension, a DUI can have many repercussions that affect daily life. If you face a DUI or DWI charge in Baltimore, you need experienced legal counsel on your case as soon as possible.
A DUI is a serious offense that can hurt your reputation and limit your prospects. Even if you are never convicted of the crime, having a DUI on your record could limit future employment opportunities. A person who has never been through the criminal justice system stands to face many challenges during a court case. With a Baltimore DUI lawyer on your case, you can rest assured they’ll do what it takes to fight the accusation and help you maintain a clean driving record. A DUI/DWI lawyer will fight the license suspension in court and work to keep the DUI charge off your criminal record.
All it takes is a BAC of 0.08% to be arrested for DUI in Maryland; however, a person with a BAC of 0.05% could also face charges if he or she displays signs of impairment. A first-time DUI may lead to:
If a minor was in the vehicle at the time of the DUI stop, the period of incarceration and fine double.
Penalties for a second DUI in Maryland are even more severe. A second DUI conviction may lead to:
The above penalties increase to three (3) years in jail and a fine of $3,000 if a minor was found in the car at the time of the second DUI stop.
A Maryland driver on his second DUI within a five-year period faces a mandatory jail sentence of five (5) days. Drivers with two or more alcohol-related charges within five years must also complete a mandatory alcohol abuse assessment and participate in an alcohol abuse program mandated by the state of Maryland. By hiring a lawyer for DUI defense, it may be possible to reduce or eliminate the charges against you or penalties you face.
Your very first DUI in Maryland can lead to harsh penalties and open up a criminal record that will be difficult to take down. By your second DUI, you will face even more hardships due to your criminal past. You don’t have to go through the justice system alone; in fact, you would miss out on crucial actions a Baltimore drunk driving lawyer could take even before the state officially files charges against you that could help the outcome of your case.
Don’t let a one-night mistake turn your life upside down. DUI/DWI attorney Hillel Traub is a fierce traffic lawyer who has worked as a former Attorney General for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. He will take every possible step to fight for you in court, help you keep your driving privilege, and protect your reputation in the community. He has proudly served the residents of Baltimore, MD and surrounding areas for more than 20 years. Call our phone number at (410) 589-2794 for a free consultation or contact us on our website by completing our online contact form.