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Drunk driving increases on New Year's Eve

On New Year's Eve each year there is inevitably an increase in the number of Americans who are driving under the influence, which often leads to serious and even fatal accidents across the country.

Local and state authorities throughout the nation treat drunk driving very seriously, with severe penalties for even first time offenses, including a loss of driver's license and additional penalties. Multiple offenses may also lead to incarceration and even a permanent loss of license, depending on the severity of the offense.

Driving under the influence is a criminal offense, and if a drunk driver is involved in an accident with injuries or fatalities it could become a felony. Drunk drivers show a decline in reaction times, which can often lead to an accident. A drunk driver not only jeopardizes his or her own safety and the safety of any other passengers in the car, but anyone else on the roads.

An arrest for any criminal charge requires a strong defense to fight the charges. With the right approach, you may be able to get a favorable plea deal, a reduction of the charges or, depending on the situation, in some instances even a not guilty verdict. However, if you are found guilty, you may experience life-long consequences. Your life, your freedom and your future are too important to take lightly. Maryland residents who find themselves facing drunk driving charges in the new year will likely need to have their individual case analyzed for any and all potential legal options.

Source: findlaw.com, "DUI Offense Basics," Accessed Dec. 27, 2016

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