Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense in Maryland. Maryland is known to have very strict judges who do not provide drunk drivers, even first-time offenders, with leniency. For this reason, it is critical for anyone who has been accused of drunk driving to retain legal counsel as soon as he or she can.
Maryland DUI Laws
Under Maryland law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. If found guilty of a DUI, a first-time offender faces up to a year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. If the individual does not have his or her license suspended by the Motor Vehicle Administration, then it is very likely that he or she will receive a restriction on it. There is a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving, meaning an underage driver will be found guilty of a DUI if he or she has a BAC of .02 percent or higher. Finally, a commercial driver will be found guilty of a DUI if he or she has a BAC or .04 percent or higher.
Professional Consequences of a DUI
In addition to the criminal penalties and potential jail time mentioned above, the consequences of being convicted of a DUI extend well into a person’s professional life. A DUI conviction can affect the following:
- Your employability: Many employers now make a background check part of their standard application process. If your background shows that you have had a DUI, it may make you a less desirable candidate to many employers.
- Exclusion from certain positions: A DUI conviction may completely exclude you from certain types of employment
- Auto Insurance Rates: Auto insurance companies will research an individual’s criminal background and adjust their rates accordingly if arrests for a DUI come up in the course of a background check.
- Business and professional relationships: Even if a person is not convicted, being arrested for a DUI can alter the way that individual is perceived by his or her coworkers and peers.
Call a Baltimore DUI Defense Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Maryland law imposes significant penalties on people who are caught driving drunk, including fines, probation, community service, driver’s license suspension, and even potential jail time. For this reason, if you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, you should contact a Baltimore DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with attorney Randolph Rice, call our office today at 410-288-2900 or send us an email through our online contact form.