Many drivers take their safety for granted while on the road. Things like practicing defensive driving, wearing your seatbelt and not letting objects like cell phones or radios distract you in the car can all lead to safer roads for you and everyone else out driving.
But some people choose to drink and drive, which the law sees as recklessly taking the lives of others into their own hands. If this is the case, they may later be in need of a drunk driving defense lawyer.
In Maryland, the punishment for this crime is strict, so before you choose to get behind the wheel after a couple of drinks, know Maryland’s DUI and DWI law:
Driving Under the Influence:
For your first offense, with no prior citation of drunk driving on your record, the consequences are steep. You could be required to serve jail time up to one year in a state prison. You will have your license suspended for up to 6 months from the day of your citation, as well as have to pay a $1,000 fine. If you are driving under the influence while transporting a minor, your minimum jail sentence will be increased to two years, while the fine you are required to pay is increased to $2,000.
Driving While Intoxicated
If you are cited for DWI for the first time, the consequences are going to be less severe than a DUI, but that does not mean it shouldn’t be taken equally as seriously. You can serve jail time for 2 months, and will also have your license suspended for 6 months, just like in the case of a DUI. You will also be fined $500. As in the case of a DUI, when intoxicated and transporting a minor, jail time will be increased to 6 months, and the fine doubles.
The roads are not safe when drunk drivers are out on them. But the firm at the Law Office of Bruce Robinson knows that sometimes we make mistakes or are treated unfairly by the law. If you are in need of a Maryland DUI lawyer, contact us today. Our firm is dedicated to the defense of those cited for DUI and DWI, and has the experience you need to have a fair shot at justice.
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