Learn more about administrative and criminal penalties of a first offense DUI or DWI in Maryland from a trained and experienced drunk driving defense lawyer. Attorney Randolph Rice is a Maryland DUI/DWI defense attorney. He is a former prosecutor and has defended thousands of clients charged with drunk driving in Maryland.
Under Maryland Transportation Law 21-902, there are two separate sections that a person can be charged with if suspected of drunk driving.
The first section is classified as a DUI (21-902(a)), or driving under the influence of alcohol. There are two separate subsections of the DUI laws that includes driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol per se. The penalties are the same for both subsections for a first offense DUI or DWI in Maryland.
First offense driving under the influence in Maryland
If charged with DUI, a first offense conviction in Maryland may result in one year in jail or a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both. While most first time offenders do not receive a jail sentence, it is possible depending on the facts of the DUI/DWI arrest. Such facts as an accident or injury to an innocent victim can expose an individual to jail time for a first time conviction. Most defendants facing a DUI or DWI in Maryland will receive a PBJ if they complete a number of tasks before Court and hire a lawyer.
First offense driving while impaired in Maryland
Of the Maryland drunk driving laws, driving while impaired can be classified as either
- Driving while impaired by alcohol
- Driving while impaired buy drugs, a combination of drugs, or combination of one or more drugs and alcohol.
If an individual is convicted of a first offense DWI in Maryland they could face up to two months in jail and a fine of $500.
DUI and DWI first offense while transporting a minor in Maryland
If an individual is arrested for drunk driving in Maryland and there is a minor in the vehicle at the time of the stop there are enhanced penalties for a first offense Maryland.
If convicted of DUI, first offense while transporting a minor or result in a maximum jail sentence of two years or a fine of $2,000, or both.
If an individual is convicted of driving while impaired, DWI, while transporting a minor, the first offense could result in a six-month jail sentence and a fine of $1,000.
Driving while impaired by controlled dangerous substance first offense
Any person convicted of driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance in Maryland, for a first offense will result in a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If a person is convicted of driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance while transporting minor they could face up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine for a first offense.
Administrative Penalties for a first-offense DUI in Maryland
In addition to potential jail time, probation, court cost and fines, an individual may be facing administrative penalties for a DUI or DWI arrest. Administrative penalties are determined by the course of action an individual takes in regards to the breath or blood test.
If a driver chooses to take the test and returns a result of .08 to .14, that driver may be eligible for a restricted or modified license. If a driver elects to take a breath or blood test and provides a test result of .15 or more, the administration will suspend the driver’s license or allow them to participate in the ignition interlock program.
Getting help from Maryland DUI lawyer for your first offense
First-offense DUI arrests are serious in Maryland and it is important that you seek the advice and representation from a skilled and accomplished DUI lawyer. The emotional strain and worry about the long-term effects can wreak havoc on your life.
Concerns about your loss of license, how will affect your job and your reputation are normal concerns for anyone charged with drunk driving in Maryland. I facing a first offense DUI/DWI in Maryland, it is important that you take the right steps to protect your license to drive and your freedom from criminal penalties.
Contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today if you received your first DUI/ DWI arrest to discuss your options and learn how they can help.