You had a few drinks and decided to get behind the wheel before it wore off. And now you are being treated like a criminal. You didn’t mean to hurt anyone; you just made a bad choice. You weren’t thinking very clearly, and, unfortunately, you are paying the consequences now. Anyone can get pulled over for drinking and driving—and we mean anyone. It is a common mistake that people make, and we believe that a person’s whole life should not be drastically altered because of a common mistake. However, this one bad choice could cost you a lot more than you might think. That is why we are here.
If you have been charged with a DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) or a DWI (driving while impaired) in the state of Maryland, you could be facing serious penalties. If this is your first time to be charged, you are most likely worried about how this will affect your clean record. If this is not your first time, you are worried about the increased severity of penalties that you could be facing; if you are convicted again, what will your sentence be this time around? No matter who you are or what your situation is, you need help—legal help.
You may think that there is no getting around this one. They pulled you over, they tested you, they found your BAC to be higher than the legal limit, and they charged you. Game over. Done. Well, not quite. Even if this is the case, you still have options. You always have options. This is why we recommend that you talk with a DUI or DWI defense lawyer. A lawyer can explain to you what options you have and help you pick the best one.
At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we can do that for you. We have successfully represented many Maryland and Washington, D.C., residents through very complex drinking and driving charges. With over 50 years of combined experience, we know how the system works and will do everything we can to get you out of a bind. Our clients are our family, and we don’t take their legal dilemmas lightly. We fight aggressively because we care deeply for our clients, and for that we have earned respect in both the legal arena and in our community.
What constitutes DUI and DWI in Maryland?
As experienced DUI and DWI lawyers, we understand how strict Maryland DUI/DWI laws are. In fact, authorities in Maryland can charge you for driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) that is technically below the legal limit.
Maryland distinguishes between driving while impaired and driving under the influence. You will receive a DWI if your BAC is .07 percent and you will receive a DUI if your BAC is .08 percent or above. The DUI offense carries a harsher punishment, but they both come with consequences that could affect your financial stability and your family.
What penalties will I face?
DUI and DWI offenses carry severe penalties. While the penalties escalate with the history and BAC of the offender, any such charge is very serious.
A DWI or DUI arrest mandates a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, separate from criminal charges. While you can petition for a meeting for license reinstatement, you have an extremely limited amount of time to do so.
For a first DUI/DWI conviction in Maryland, you face the following potential penalties:
- Jail: Up to 1 year
- Jail: Up to 2 years (if transporting a minor)
- License Suspension: 6 months minimum
- Fine: Up to $1,000
- Fine: Up to $2,000 (if transporting a minor)
- Jail: Up to 2 months
- Jail: Up to 6 months (if transporting a minor)
- License suspension: 6 months minimum
- Fine: Up to $500
- Fine: Up to $1,000 (if transporting a minor)
A conviction of either of these offenses will automatically result in points on your driving record (twelve points for a DUI and eight for a DWI). Once you reach a certain level of points, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will penalize you, and your driving privileges will be affected. This is in addition to any criminal fines and penalties you may be charged with.
Additionally, any arrest for DUI or DWI leads to increased insurance rates. If driving is part of your job, you could lose your job. If this is not your first arrest on DUI or DWI charges, the penalties are even more serious, including additional jail time, fines, and mandated installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
Knowledgeable DUI and DWI Lawyers Ready to Handle Your Case
The state of Maryland takes DUI and DWI charges very seriously. If you are arrested on either of these charges, your license may be suspended for a considerable time. If you or a loved one faces either of these charges in Silver Spring, you do not have time to delay. Contact the experienced DUI and DWI attorneys at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered as soon as possible.
At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we realize that drinking and driving charges can have a serious impact on your life. We defend our clients as if they were our family members and their legal problems were our own. From the moment you call us, we will make sure that you get the best advice possible. If you have been pulled over on suspicion of drinking and driving, or if you have been in a wreck in which alcohol was involved, you need a DUI or DWI defense attorney to guide you through this frightening time. It is imperative that you call to get help immediately. Each minute that you wait and each moment that you try to handle it on your own, you are putting your case at a greater risk for failure. It is best that you call an attorney before you do anything else. We can tell you what to say and what not to say, what to do and what not to do. That is why we are here. Let us work for you so that you don’t have to go it alone. Contact us today online or call us at 301.495.3131 to set up a consultation.