What are Maryland’s DUI Penalties?
Are you facing Maryland DUI penalties, and seeking more information?
DUI charges are almost always based on the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver in question, and may be determined by testing the breath, blood or urine of that individual.
Don’t let being misinformed get you into trouble. The DUI defense lawyers at Houlon, Berman, Finci & Levenstein have the knowledge of criminal and traffic law required to answer any questions you may have about Maryland DUI laws. Our experienced lawyers can walk you through the following aspects of Maryland DUI penalties, and show you how we can help you through charges you may be facing.
If you face DUI or DWI charges in the state of Maryland, don’t wait to contact a lawyer at Houlon Berman to start planning your defense.
What are Implied Consent Laws?
These laws state that licensed drivers have given police implied consent to conduct field sobriety tests should you be stopped on suspicion of DUI. Refusing to submit to such tests carries severe penalties in Maryland, such as the suspension of your driving license for up to a year.
DUI lawyers can explain these laws to you in further detail, including what happens if you refuse to take a Breathalyzer test.
The Legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limit
In Maryland, if you have a BAC level above .08 percent you’re considered legally intoxicated, and even if it is lower, you may face Maryland DUI penalties. However, confirmation that your BAC is above .08 percent is all that is needed to arrest you on DUI charges in Maryland.
Maryland has zero tolerance laws for underage drinking and driving. If you are under 21 and operating a vehicle while you have a .02 percent BAC or higher, you are subject to penalties.
Penalties for a Maryland DUI involve suspension or revocation of your license. For first offenders, this suspension is for a minimum of 90 days. Second time offenders face a one-year license suspension, and third time offenders face a three-year license suspension.
An alcohol education program, alcohol abuse treatment, and an alcohol or drug dependence review may also be mandated for DUI offenders. These penalties are often suggested in lieu of jail time or fines.
Attorneys can explain the legal consequences of drinking and driving, including penalties related to a DUI in greater detail.
Contact Houlon Berman
If you find yourself with a DUI, or would like more information on laws for drinking and driving, contact Houlon Berman to receive a free consultation about your drinking and driving charges. Our DUI attorneys in Rockville and Greenbelt can help you avoid serious penalties.
The criminal defense lawyers at Houlon, Berman, Finci & Levenstein are proud to hold a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ certification of AV®. Let us assist you with Maryland criminal and traffic law, including College Park, Rockville, Greenbelt, Upper Marlboro and also Washington DC.
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