Were you pulled over and arrested for DUI (driving under the influence)? If so, there is no question that it can be a scary and confusing situation. You likely wonder what potential defenses you can use and the possible penalties you may face.
It is important to realize that in Maryland if you receive multiple DUIs, the penalties become more severe with each one. Learn more about what to expect if you are convicted of a second or third DUI here.
Potential penalties for repeat DUI convictions
If you are convicted of a second DUI, some of the penalties you may face include the following:
- Up to $2,000 in fines
- Up to two years in prison with a mandatory five days
- 12 points assessed to your license
- Potential license suspension
- The requirement to attend alcohol education classes
It is important to note that if your second DUI conviction comes within five years of the first, your license will be suspended for a year, and then you must use an Ignition Interlock device for one year.
For a third DUI conviction, the license suspension or revocation depends on the situation and past charges. You must attend mandatory alcohol education, assessment and treatment and have your vehicle confiscated. You will also face mandatory jail time and fines.
Building a defense for DUI charges
No one wants to be in a position of facing jail time, license suspension and significant fines. However, you should focus on building a strong legal defense in this situation.
You should seek expert advice when building a defense since so much is on the line. The good news is that there are ways to overcome these charges and protect your freedom.