Penalties

There are 4 subsections under Maryland's DUI/DWI statute

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of alcohol per se

              Maximum penalty-1 year jail and/or $1000. fine and 12 points

  • Driving while impaired by drugs and drugs and alcohol

              Maximum penalty-60 days jail and/or $500. fine and 8 points

  • Driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance

              Maximum penalty-1 year jail and/or $1000. fine and 12 points

  • Driving while impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol

              Maximum penalty- 60 days jail and/or $500. fine and 8 points

        Subsequent offenders are subject to increased maximum penalties depending upon the number of convictions.

        The penalties actually imposed depend on many circumstances including the number of prior convictions, aggravating factors such as an accident, injuries and property damage to third parties or a minor in the vehicle.  The State takes these matters very seriously and an experienced DUI lawyer will aggressively defend you to obtain the best possible outcome.  Even if you are convicted there are sentencing dispositions available that keep a conviction from being entered on your record and no points being assessed against your driver's license.  

        Defending and prosecuting DUI cases is extremely complex because the facts are driven by alcohol and blood test results, performance on field sobriety tests, observations of driving by the police officer and third parties, the officer's observations of the driver's physical appearance and speech patterns and numerous other factors.  The actual sentence can range from probation to lengthy incarceration and usually depend upon clients background, any prior convictions, the aggravating factors mentioned above and any alcohol treatment prior to sentencing.

      We have the experience to aggressively defend you and guide you through the process.  Our commitment to our clients is to do everything possible to avoid jail and prevent a conviction from being entered on their driving record.  We prepare every case as if it going to trial in an effort to reach that commitment and goal.

          Please contact us today to discuss your options.

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