For many, Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and feasting, and often, the consumption of alcohol. In fact, the night before Thanksgiving is often cited as the biggest bar night of the year, as people who are home for the holiday often go out to bars and clubs to spend time with old friends. Law enforcement authorities are aware of this fact, and are the lookout for drunk drivers on and around Thanksgiving, often setting up DUI checkpoints or increasing patrols in certain areas.
Importantly, you do not have to go out on the town to find yourself behind bars over Thanksgiving weekend. Under Maryland law, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of in excess of 0.08, which some people can reach in just a few drinks. This means that your casual wine with dinner could put you at risk for a DUI if you choose to drive home afterward. For this reason, if you are drinking at all, it is advisable to arrange alternative transportation at the end of the night or make sure to wait a significant amount of time before getting behind the wheel.
The Consequences of a Thanksgiving DUI
Even a first-time DUI conviction can result in serious legal penalties that could affect you financially, professionally, and personally. Some of the legal consequences that are authorized by law include the following:
-Fines of up to $1,000
-Up to one year in jail
In addition, a DUI conviction can result in collateral consequences like the loss of your job, sanctions from the school you are attending, and others. For this reason, it is critical to everything possible to defend against allegations of drunk driving, which begins by retaining an experienced attorney.
Contact a Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you could be facing serious legal penalties that could affect your life for years. Fortunately, Baltimore criminal defense lawyer Randolph Rice is here to help. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Rice, call our office today at 410-288-2900 or contact us online.