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What are drunk driving consequences in Maryland?

It is no secret that drunk driving carries serious consequences in the event of a conviction. For people who are facing drunk driving charges as well as their family members, knowing about the potential legal consequences might help them as they go through the court process. There are several levels of drunk driving charges that must be considered in Maryland. We touched on some of the penalties for first offenses last week. This week, we will discuss some of the subsequent penalties and other possibilities for DWI and DUI convictions.

What is the possible penalty for a DWI?

For a first offense , the defendant faces up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. A 60-day license suspension and eight points added to your license are also consequences.

Second offense DWI offenses carry the same potential fine and added license points, but the jail time is increased to a maximum of a year. Your license can also be suspended for up to 120 days.

A third offense is the same as a second offense, but the license suspension can be up to a year for the third offense.

What is the possible penalty for a DUI?

For a first offense DUI, the defendant faces up to a year in jail with a fine of up to $1,000. Twelve points are added to your license. Your license will be suspended for six months.

A second offense DUI has a minimum jail say of five days with a maximum sentence of up to two years. A one-year license revocation is necessary. Alcohol abuse assessment and program and an ignition interlock device are also consequences. A 12-month license suspension and 12 points added to the license are also instituted at this point.

Consequences increase on a third DUI conviction include 18-month license revocation, up to three years in jail and a fine of up to $3,000.

With these harsh penalties for drunk driving convictions, it is no secret that you should make sure you present a solid defense. Understanding your charges and making sure you fully understand the consequences is necessary in all drunk driving cases.

Source: Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration, "Safety Programs" Sep. 11, 2014

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