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What can you expect from a first-time DUI?

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2022 | Drunk Driving

You enjoyed a fun night on the town, but now you may be paying for it. On the way home, you were stopped by the police, and they accused you of driving while impaired.

You felt fine, so you disagreed, but with alleged evidence stacking against you, you’re not sure what to expect. Fortunately, you do have options. You have a right to a strong defense and may fight back against the charges.

What should you expect if you’re facing your first DUI arrest?

If you’re arrested for a DUI and have never been in this situation before, you can expect to face a number of penalties.

Upon conviction, you may face:

  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to a year in jail
  • Points on your license. A DUI adds 12 points
  • The loss of your license for up to six months

If you have been convicted previously, then the penalties increase.

Maryland also has a second offense to watch out for, which is driving while impaired by alcohol. This is less serious than a DUI and has its own set of penalties that include:

  • A fine of up to $500
  • Up to two months in prison
  • Eight points on your license
  • The loss of your license for up to six months

In the case that you are under 21, you will lose your license for a year.

The penalties may increase if you are transporting others, such as minor children, when you were stopped. That offense would be aggravated and could come with substantial increases the penalties.

The points on your license matter

Keep in mind that the points on your license do matter and may result in the loss of your license. If you get only 8 to 11 points, your license will be suspended for a period of time. If you get 12 or more points within two years, your license will be revoked completely. When you can get your license back, you will need to pay fees to have it reinstated.

These are a few things to consider about a first-time DUI. The penalties are harsh, but a strong defense may help you avoid them.