The Potential Cost of a DUI Conviction in Maryland

Despite the fact that DUI convictions are misdemeanors and not considered a felony charge, they can still involve long lasting consequences that can result in lost money and added stress. What is the potential cost of a DUI conviction in Maryland?

DUI Conviction Sanctions

DUI convictions lead to a misdemeanor criminal charge in the state of Maryland. In addition, first time DUI offenders can be charged up to $1,000 and be required to spend up to one year in jail. First time offenders also receive a 12 point penalty on their driving record as well as a potential 6 month license suspension.

For second time offenders, the punishments are ratcheted up even further. The fine can be increased up to $2,000 and the jail sentence can be extended to one full year. Additionally, while the 12 point penalty is still in place, the offenders license can be revoked for a full year instead of only 6 months. First and second time offenders may also have to participate in an alcohol abuse assessment program.

In addition to the direct punishments of a DUI conviction, those who receive two convictions within five years can also expect to participate in a mandatory Ignition Interlock Program. There are a lot of other potential difficulties that DUI convictions introduce. These are not direct punishments, but they occur as a direct result of the charge.

Potential Collateral Results

  • Increased car insurance rates
  • Difficulty maintaining of finding employment
  • Increased life insurance rates
  • Loss of professional licenses or security clearance
  • Damaged reputation
  • Alternative transportation payments

We Can Help You Avoid a DUI Conviction or Minimize Your Punishment

There are facts about each specific case that can significantly reduce penalties if an experienced attorney who understands this area of law presents the case. The Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence offers high-quality legal representation, personal attention, and professionalism to help defend the harsh penalties of DWIs, DUIs, and other serious traffic offenses in Maryland and District of Columbia. Click here or call (410) 986-0088 to consult with an experienced attorney today.

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