If you have been convicted of drunk driving in Maryland, there is a chance you can face jail time. The more convictions you have for drunk driving, the more jail time you could face. Often times though the amount of time an offender spends behind bars varies depending on which jurisdiction handles the case.
At the Law Offices of Nicholas J Del Pizzo, a Baltimore DUI law firm, we break down the various sentenced and jail time a person could receive for driving drunk or under the influence of drugs or other substances within Maryland.
The Charges & Penalties for Drunk Driving in Maryland
Driving drunk can lead to charges as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) due to alcohol, drugs, or any dangerous substances. Within Maryland a DUI is considered a more serious offense so the penalties for such are more severe compared to a DWI arrest in Maryland.
A first-time DUI conviction in the state of Maryland can result in up to 1 year in prison as well as a $1,000.00 fine. These penalties can double for a second offense, along with the potential to lose your license for a full year.
If convicted of a DWI in Maryland, a person can face up to two months in prison as well as a $500.00 fine. If convicted for a second time a person can face a fine of again up to $500.00, but see their time behind bars increase to a full year.
What factors affect a DUI/DWI Sentencing?
Your sentencing can account for a range of items. For example, if driving impaired due to an over the counter drug a person may receive a more lenient sentence than a driver who has been arrested for driving drunk or high on an illegal substance.
If you are facing a DUI or DWI charge, you should seek the help of an experienced Baltimore DUI lawyer. First and even second offenses can be resolved without jail time, but may take extra work. This is where working with an experienced lawyer who can help navigate the process works out in your favor.
About The Law Offices of Nicholas J Del Pizzo
At The Law Offices of Nicholas J Del Pizzo we are attentive to all the details of your DUI defense case. Know that you have rights throughout the entire process. If your rights were violated in any way or if procedures were not followed properly, we will bring that information to light. Call our office at (410) 288-5788 or visit our contact us page to schedule your free consultation.