Mitigating Penalties And Indirect Consequences Of A Maryland DUI
Authorities in Maryland do not take drunk driving lightly. A conviction for DUI or DWI can result in steep fines, jail time, loss of your driver’s license and more.
If you’ve been arrested for a drunk driving offense in Annapolis, seeking help from a skilled criminal defense attorney is critical. Attorney Kathleen Kirchner can help.
Help From A Former Prosecutor
Ms. Kirchner was an assistant state’s attorney for Anne Arundel County before opening her private practice. She has 15+ years of litigation and negotiation experience and can fight for your rights and your future.
Understanding The Differences In Terminology
Some states use the terms driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) interchangeably. The state of Maryland has two different charges.
A DUI In Maryland
Facing a DUI charge in Maryland means that your blood alcohol content registered at .08% or higher at the time of the stop. You are considered legally drunk under the law and your test results alone could be sufficient proof to convict you.
A DWI In Maryland
A DWI charge is typically reserved for drivers who have a blood alcohol content below .08% but show evidence of alcohol or drug impairment. Examples include erratic driving, slurred speech, difficulty following directions, among others.
What Consequences Could You Face If Convicted?
DWI convictions tend to carry lower sentences than DUI convictions, but the consequences are still serious. A first conviction for DWI could result in fines of up to $500, a jail term of up to two months and license suspension for up to six months. Penalties increase for repeat offenses.
A DUI conviction is more consequential. A first offense can result in fines as high as $1,000, up to a year in jail and a license suspension of up to six months. Penalties increase significantly for subsequent convictions.
The specific penalties you face will depend on factors such as:
- Your blood alcohol content
- Previous convictions on your record
- Your fault if your vehicle was involved in a car accident
- Whether anyone else was injured or killed in the accident
- If a minor was in your vehicle at the time of your stop and arrest
Discuss Your DUI Charges With An Experienced Attorney
It should go without saying that even the “lightest” drunk driving charge can have steep penalties and consequences. If you or your loved one was arrested for a DUI or DWI, Kathleen has the skill and experience to help.
Kathleen will take the time to fully assess your charges and the evidence against you. She can help you understand all of your options for contesting the charges or resolving them in the most favorable manner available.
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Reach out to an experienced attorney before pleading guilty to anything. Contact Kathleen M. Kirchner, Esq., in Annapolis today to schedule a free consultation.
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