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Thanksgiving is a time where we gather with our families, talk to one another, and rejoice in all we are grateful for. Many people will celebrate the holiday by having a drink or two. Of course, this is totally acceptable, if they do not get behind the wheel afterward. However, if you made a mistake and were charged with a DUI this Thanksgiving, you must continue reading and speak with an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney to learn more about the consequences of a DUI and how our firm can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens if I am convicted of a DUI in Maryland?

When someone is arrested with a Blood Alcohol Content of .07% or higher, they will be charged with a DWI/DUI. The consequences of a DUI are very serious, even if this is only your first offense. The consequences of a first-offense DUI in the state of Maryland are as follows:

  • You may have to pay up to a $1,000 fine
  • You may have to spend up to one year in jail
  • You may receive up to 12 points on your driver’s license
  • You may have your license suspended or have the interlock device installed on your vehicle

What happens if I receive a second DUI in Maryland?

If this is your second DUI, Maryland courts will treat you as a repeat offender, which means that you will face even harsher consequences. The penalties for a second DUI in Maryland are as follows:

  • You may have to pay up to a $2,000 fine
  • You may be incarcerated for up to 2 years
  • You may receive up to 12 points on your driver’s license
  • You will most likely receive a license suspension or have the interlock placed on your vehicle

What happens if I receive a third DUI in Maryland?

For a third DUI in the state of Maryland, there is a very good chance that you will face up to 5 years of jail time. Additionally, you will have to pay a $5,000 fine, and you will most likely lose your license for a significant amount of time. You should also understand that if you receive multiple DUIs within five years, you will have to install and use the ignition interlock device at your own cost, as well as participate in an alcohol abuse assessment program. The bottom line is that if you are charged with a DUI this Thanksgiving, you must retain the services of an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney who will fight your charges, tooth-and-nail. Our firm is here to help.

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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.

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