First-Offense DUI: Know What You Are Up Against
Many people who have been charged with their first DUI make the mistake of thinking it is not a big deal. If you just experienced your first DUI arrest, we urge you to contact a reputable attorney to make sure you understand the potential consequences.
Call 301-579-3429 to reach the Law Offices of Thomas C. Mooney in Upper Marlboro for a free, no-obligation consultation now. We would be happy to sit down with you to answer your questions.
The Penalties Of First-Offense DUI In Maryland
In Maryland, the maximum penalty for a first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher is:
- One year in jail
- $1,000 fine
- Driver’s license suspension
- 12 points on your driver’s license
You have only 10 days after your arrest to request a hearing with the Motor Vehicle Administration to prevent a license suspension. Call 301-579-3429 now to talk to a lawyer about protecting your license.
If you were charged with driving while impaired (DWI), meaning your BAC tested between .07 and .08, you could face 60 days in jail; a $500 fine; 8 points on your driver’s license and a suspended license.
Handle Your DUI Charge The Right Way
Many people who face DUI charges without a lawyer — or with a lawyer who is not very good — handle their case the wrong way. They’re worried about jail time, of course, so they plead guilty at the first mention of a deal that comes without it. But having a DUI conviction on your record can have effects that long outlast any jail sentence. Many employers, including the government, may not hire you with a DUI on your record. You could even be fired. And if you ever get accused of drunk driving again, the penalties will increase significantly because now, on paper, you’re a repeat offender.
We are well-aware of the collateral damage of DUIs. We work with our clients very closely to understand their priorities as we put together a defense strategy to get them the best possible results.