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The Consequences of Repeat DUI Convictions in Maryland

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense that can come with significant legal, social, and personal consequences. In Maryland, the ramifications of repeat DUI convictions are particularly severe as part of the state’s commitment to decreasing impaired driving and reducing traffic accidents and fatalities. Understanding the potential consequences of subsequent DUI convictions is important for first-time DUI offenders, as the consequences increase with each offense.

Penalties and Fines

DUI laws in Maryland have harsh penalties for repeat DUI convictions. Your first DUI can be punished by fines of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. However, the penalties increase substantially for future DUI convictions. A second DUI conviction can lead to fines of up to $2,000 and up to two years in jail. For a third or subsequent conviction, fines can reach $3,000, and the offender may face up to three years in jail. Because these penalties are so serious, working with an attorney immediately is especially important if you’ve already been convicted of a DUI.

License and Driving Consequences

One of the most immediate and impactful consequences of repeat DUI convictions in Maryland is the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. For a second DUI conviction, your license can be suspended for a year. A third or subsequent conviction can lead to an 18-month suspension. The state can also decide to permanently revoke your driving privileges. Being unable to drive can be a serious inconvenience and make it harder to maintain employment, fulfill family obligations, or perform daily tasks.

Additionally, once you can drive again, you will be required to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in your car. Before you are able to start your car, you will need to complete and pass a breathalyzer test. If any alcohol is detected, your car will not start. Trying to circumvent the device will lead to further penalties.

Consequences Outside of the Courtroom

Maryland will penalize you in a variety of ways after multiple DUI convictions, but there can be other unanticipated consequences that come from outside of the legal system. A repeat DUI conviction can make it much harder to find and maintain employment. Many employers conduct background checks, and a record of multiple DUI convictions is a red flag. Certain types of work, particularly those requiring driving as part of the job, will not hire individuals with any criminal history, including DUIs or other traffic offenses.

Additionally, repeat DUI convictions can also lead to significantly higher auto insurance premiums. Insurance companies view DUI offenders as high-risk drivers, so the cost of your coverage can increase dramatically following a conviction. In fact, some insurers may refuse to provide coverage entirely. As the state of Maryland requires drivers to maintain an active insurance policy, being unable to obtain coverage can stop you from driving.

Contact Mobley & Brown, LLP for Help With Your DUI Law Needs

If you are concerned about your DUI charges, you need the right legal assistance. Our experienced legal team is looking forward to working with you to meet your needs. Call us now at (410) 385-0398.