DUI

WHAT DOES A MARYLAND DUI MEAN?

In Maryland, as in the rest of the United States, a driver is considered to be “under the influence” of alcohol if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is found to be 0.08% or greater. For drivers under the age of 21, that threshold is lowered to 0.02%. Police officers may establish probable cause of intoxication with a field sobriety test, followed by a breath test that determines a driver’s actual BAC. Although the vast majority of DUI charges are assessed to people actively operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Maryland law allows officers to issue DUI citations to anyone who has physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, even if the vehicle is stationary at the time of arrest.

THE IMPACT OF A MARYLAND DUI ON YOUR RECORD

Being convicted of a DUI carries a host of negative implications, from fines, license suspension, and the accrual of driving record points to probation or even incarceration. In Maryland, a driver’s first DUI conviction is punishable by up to a year in prison, $1000 in fines, and a minimum license suspension of six months. These numbers double with a second offense and triple with a third offense. Unless an appointment with the MVA Office of Administrative Hearings is requested within 30 days, license suspension takes effect 45 days after the receipt of a DUI citation. Any DUI conviction automatically tallies 12 points against the driver’s Motor Vehicle Administration record, often resulting in drastic increases in insurance premiums down the road.

NEED A MARYLAND DUI LAWYER? WE’RE HERE.

A DUI is considered a serious criminal offense, a misdemeanor or even felony that involves wide-ranging negative consequences. The best course of action towards minimizing these repercussions is to enlist the help of seasoned, skilled, and dedicated legal representation. The Palumbo Law Group has defended Maryland drivers against DUI charges for the last 40 years, helping our clients reduce fines, avoid excessive suspensions, and keep their driving records as clean as possible. The path towards resolving DUI charges can be complex and frustrating, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our decades of experience in Maryland courts can work to your advantage.

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