A DUI/DWI conviction will change your life forever.
Right now, you are facing the possibilities of jail time, a criminal record, losing your license, losing your job, higher car insurance rates, and decreasing your family’s financial security. A DUI/DWI charge is serious; with so much at stake, you need an experienced lawyer to skillfully defend you in court and at your MVA hearing.
Your MVA Hearing
You’ll need the help of your attorney at your MVA hearing, as it affects your ability to drive in the future. Driving is a privilege that can easily be taken away if you are convicted of a traffic-related offense; this includes drunk driving charges. It’s important that you hire a lawyer who has handled many DUI/DWI cases and will provide expert defense for you.
Alcohol-related offenses: DUI and DWI
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
In this case, the driver is charged with driving while legally drunk with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more. The maximum penalty for a first offense is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A second offender faces two years in jail and a $2,000 fine. If charged three or more times, you face three years in jail and a $3,000 fine. In addition, the MVA will assess 12 points on your license if convicted—and 12 total points can get your license revoked.
Driving While Impaired (DWI)
In this case, the driver is charged with driving while affected by alcohol consumption with a blood alcohol concentration of .07. The maximum penalty for a first offense is 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. A second offender faces one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. In addition, the MVA will assess 8 points on your license if convicted—and 8 total points on your license can get your license suspended.
What if I wasn’t drunk?
Say you’re driving home late at night when a cop pulls you over, suspecting you of driving drunk. You pass the field sobriety tests, your breath test results show .00 blood alcohol concentration; you aren’t intoxicated. What happens then?
You can actually be charged with a DUI or DWI even if you are not under the influence. While you’re taking the breath test at the police station, the police officer is already writing up your citations, regardless of the results.
In this rare case, you still need a lawyer. Although it seems like the evidence is clear, don’t try to handle it yourself. You should retain a lawyer to fully exercise all of your rights in court and ensure that the necessary evidence is shown before the judge. Don’t take a chance; you don’t want to go to jail and get a criminal record for something you didn’t do.
We will make the difference.
We are a leading firm in DUI/DWI defense in Maryland, and our reputation is one of excellence. A DUI or DWI charge in Maryland is a very serious crime, and you have a lot at stake. At Carey Law Office, we have over 30 years of experience protecting the rights of our clients and we have handled thousands of DUI and DWI cases before judges and juries. Don’t worry—we’ll get you through this.