The consequences of a DUI — whether a first, second, or third — can be life changing. The most important thing to do after an arrest on the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Here are some of the consequences a lawyer may be able to help you avoid.
In some states, a first time DUI typically doesn’t include any jail time. However, in Maryland, a first time defendant automatically faces up to a year in jail if convicted of a DUI. Or, up to 2 months in jail if convicted of a DWI. The amount of jail time, if any, rests solely on the shoulders of the judge presiding over the case. Any amount of jail time can be disruptive to your life, causing your career and relationships to suffer.
Fines are often coupled with jail time and can be difficult to pay back if you lost your job due to being in jail for a DUI or DWI. For example, a first time defendant can be fined up to $1,000. A third time defendant can face fines of up to $3,000. Again, how much each defendant is ordered to pay is decided by the judge presiding over the case.
One of the most devastating consequences of a DUI/DWI is the suspension of your driver’s license. A first time DUI and DWI has a minimum suspension time of six months, and those convicted of second or third time offenses face an even longer suspension. Having no license and having to rely on rides from friends and family or public transportation to travel to and from work, the store, a doctor’s office, and on other general errands can be frustrating. Often, people have to rearrange their lives significantly in order to function without a driver’s license.
Avoid DUI/DWI Penalties With the Help of an Experienced Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney. J. Christopher Llinas will fight aggressively for the charges against you to be dismissed or reduced in order to keep you from dealing with consequences like jail time, fines, and license suspension that could significantly disrupt your life. Call now for a consultation to discuss your case in detail at (443) 235-5793. Attorney Llinas is available to assist you.