If you are arrested for DUI in Maryland, he faces strict laws, and threatens their freedom, their finances and their future. Unlike previous years, prosecutors in Maryland now take more stringent measures in implementing DUI laws. Obtaining legal representation is desirable.

DUI is a misdemeanor offense known as a Class A, but can be a felony if there are aggravating factors. Class A misdemeanor carries a possible maximum sentence of 364 days in jail, a fine of $ 2,500.00 and other conditions, such as community service. Many offenders are given a period of supervision the first time but are hit with large fines, treatment programs alcohol abuse or substance and a suspension of your driving privileges.

There are additional consequences. A DUI arrest can result in forfeiture or confiscation of the vehicle he was operating. If you are convicted, you will need to carry a high risk auto insurance and more expensive, for a period of at least 3 years. If you are convicted of a second or subsequent DUI phrases it is mandatory jail time. If there was a passenger in the vehicle under the age of 16, or if there was open alcohol in the vehicle, the penalties increase. Different and stricter laws apply to those under 21 years of age. Moreover, the penalties are increased if there was an accident with personal injury.

A lawyer may be able to negotiate a settlement of his case will diminish some of the negative effects mentioned above. A lawyer can discuss and obtain an exception to the legal suspension of his driver’s license that allows restricted driving privileges.