A DUI charge is a misdemeanor crime in the state of Maryland. While that is undoubtedly less severe than a felony charge, don’t mistakenly believe that a DUI charge is something that will blow over with minimal consequences. In this blog, we cover the potential legal consequences of a DUI as well as a few collateral consequences that many offenders are forced to grapple with.
Maryland DUI Conviction Penalties
As stated earlier, a DUI conviction is considered a misdemeanor crime. Here are a few of the potential consequences associated with a first-time conviction in Maryland:
- A fine not exceeding $1,000 (or $2,000 for second offense)
- A maximum of one-year imprisonment (or two years for a second offense)
- Up to twelve penalty points are added to a driver’s record (or 8 points for DWI)
- Mandatory participation in Maryland’s Ignition Interlock Program
- Required attendance and participation in an alcohol abuse treatment program
- Not entitled to have a conviction or PBJ expunged
These are all the sanctions and punishments that the state could impose on those convicted of a DUI, but it doesn’t end there. Here are a few of the indirect consequences of the charge.
Collateral Consequences of Being Charged with DUI in Maryland
The maximum 12-point penalty from a DUI charge alone is enough for license revocation, meaning you may end up having to reapply for your driver’s license down the road. At the minimum, you are subject to a six-month license revocation for a DUI and a six-month suspension for a DWI. It is imperative to be represented by competent counsel at an MVA hearing. Naturally, either of these consequences will introduce many complications in an area that used to be simple and straightforward.
In most straightforward DUI and DWI cases, offenders with proper legal representation can avoid jail time. Even still, the proceedings following a DUI charge are sure to require some of your time. Expect tasks such as preparing for, requesting, and attending a hearing at the office of Administrative Hearings to occupy some of your time throughout this process, as well as attending a certified alcohol education program for at least 12 hours. With that in mind, be sure to choose an advocate who can provide counsel at each decision point and ensure a smooth process from the initial consultation to the conclusion of your case.
These aren’t penalties, per se, but they are complications that occur as a direct result of the charge:
- Difficulty finding employment opportunities
- Higher auto insurance rates
- Higher life insurance rates
- Possible loss of security clearance or professional licenses
- Damaged reputation
- Payments for alternative transportation
Contact Mobley & Brown, LLP for Help Fighting Your DUI Charge
If you are searching for the right path forward after a DUI or DWI charge in Maryland and unsure where to turn, contact Mobley and Brown, LLP today. We are committed to using our experience along with facts from your specific case in order to achieve the result you deserve. Our experienced legal team is looking forward to working with you to meet your needs. Call us now at (410) 385-0398.