Being arrested for a DUI in Maryland can result in serious consequences. From possibly being imprisoned, to having your driver’s license suspended, it is wise to hire a Maryland DUI defense attorney to represent you throughout the criminal justice process. I invite you to contact my law office to discuss your DUI case in detail. Depending on the nature of the charge asserted against
you, I may be able to have it reduced or completely dismissed. Please contact our Elkton DUI defense attorneys by clicking here to learn more about Maryland DUI laws, your rights in a DUI case and how our MD DUI defense attorneys can help you.
Maryland DUI Charges
In Maryland, if a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit of .08%, he/she can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in a person’s blood. If your BAC is lower, you may still be arrested and charged with a lesser criminal offense.
Maryland DUI Penalties & Fines
For a first offense DUI, you face up to a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail. Twelve (12) points will be assessed on your driving record and your license may be revoked for up to six (6) months.
For a second offense, you face a $2,000 fine and up to two years imprisonment (with a mandatory minimum of five days). Twelve (12) points will be assessed on your license and your license may be revoked for up to one year.
For two convictions within five years, a mandatory period of suspension will be followed by a minimum required period of participation in the Ignition Interlock Program.
You may be required to participate in an alcohol abuse assessment and program.
Maryland Implied Consent Laws
Maryland has an implied consent law. If a driver refuses to submit to a chemical test for BAC testing, his/her driver’s license will be automatically suspended for up to one year. In addition to the criminal charges discussed above, you may also face administrative penalties. This entails a hearing held with the Office of Administrative Hearings. During the hearing, you will have the opportunity to show cause as to why his/her driver’s license should not be suspended. The hearing must be requested within 10 days of receiving an order of suspension. The fee to request an administrative hearing is $150. Once paid, you will receive a notice regarding the date and time of your hearing. If you fail the chemical test, your driver’s license will be suspended for up to 45 days. Your license must be reinstated in order to drive without restrictions.
Contact Our Baltimore Maryland DUI Defense Attorneys
We invite you to contact our law offices to discuss your Maryland DUI case. Our legal team will do everything necessary to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. This entails having the charge asserted against you being reduced to a lower offense such as a DWI. We encourage you to contact us for a confidential consultation. Do not go through the legal justice system without an attorney. More importantly, never admit to committing any crimes without first consulting a Bel Air, Maryland DUI defense attorney. Consulting with an attorney immediately following your arrest can help ensure your Constitutional rights are protected.
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