Most of us are aware of the fact that law enforcement officials in Maryland are on the lookout for drunk drivers. Generally speaking, police find drunk drivers by setting up sobriety checkpoints or by pulling people over for traffic violations or for driving in a way that that may indicate that they are impaired.
One West Ocean City woman made officers’ jobs much easier over the Memorial Day weekend if the assessment of her sobriety proves to be accurate. According to reports, a 64-year-old woman collided with a Maryland State Trooper’s vehicle when making a left turn onto Elm Street on U.S. Route 50 in West Ocean City. After the accident, officers suspected that the woman was drunk and took her into custody, accusing her of DUI, failure to yield the right of way, and other traffic violations.
The officer involved in the crash was taken to the hospital for treatment for his injuries and was later released.
Even a First-Time DUI Can Result in Significant Legal Penalties
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is important to understand that even a first-time conviction can result in extremely serious legal consequences. Under Maryland law, people who are found guilty of DUI can be sentenced to up to one year in jail and face fines of as much as $1,000. A court may impose additional consequences, including the following:
- Community service
- The installation of an ignition interlock device
- The loss of your driver’s license
A DUI Conviction Can Have Long-Term Collateral Consequences
While these court-imposed consequences may seem significant on their own, for many people, they pale in comparison to the long-term collateral consequences. If you are convicted of a DUI, it becomes part of your criminal record, which is generally available to the public. As a result, a DUI can make it much harder to get a job, rent an apartment or get a loan, and it can cause significant damage to your reputation generally. In addition, if you are in school, a DUI conviction can result in the educational institution you attend imposing its own sanctions. Any colleges or universities you apply to in the future could also deny you admission because of your criminal record.