Consequences of DWI In Maryland
While some may consider driving while impaired a lesser offense than driving under the influence (DUI), it still carries jail time and substantial points, which could result in the loss of your license to drive. Because of this, you should take a Maryland DWI charge seriously and consult with the criminal defense counsel at The Law Office of Cynthia Christiani, LLC. Meeting with our attorney and having your case reviewed by them can bring you peace of mind in knowing that you are well-prepared and ready for what the future brings.
Statutory Authority for DWI In Maryland
MD Transportation Code §21-902 is Maryland’s statutory authority for DWI charges. This statute holds that a person should not drive while impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of alcohol and drugs.. A first-time conviction of DWI under this statute can result in imprisonment not exceeding two months and a fine not exceeding $500 or both. A second offense could result in imprisonment of not more than one year or a fine of not more than $500 or both. A DWI conviction can also result in administrative penalties, including suspending driving privileges. Administrative penalties typically depend on your BAC level and prior convictions and can also include participation in alcohol education classes or treatment programs.
Driving after imbibing alcohol is not the only way to face a DWI charge. Illegal drugs and controlled substances (even those prescribed legally) can result in a charge of DWI.
Repercussions Of A DWI Conviction
In addition to jail time, fines, and loss of driving privileges, a DWI conviction can have other repercussions. This includes a higher cost for automobile insurance and, in some cases, loss of employment. Under some circumstances, you will need to have an ignition interlock device on your motor vehicle to retain your ability to drive. Consequences are also stiffer for persons with prior criminal convictions or when a minor was in the vehicle when the arrest occurred.
How A Maryland DWI Lawyer From Our Firm Can Help
When you have been charged with DWI, it is important that you retain an attorney that can best support your case. An attorney from our firm who concentrates on criminal defense will review your case with you and ensure that you understand the DWI charges you face. Together, we will craft a strategy that gives you the defense you deserve. Our experience allows us to understand the charges you face on a more intimate level, and we use that knowledge to foresee and navigate around any challenges you face.
Speak With An Attorney From The Law Office of Cynthia Christiani, LLC
At The Law Office of Cynthia Christiani, LLC, we concentrate our practice on helping people that have been charged with crimes build a well-crafted defense. With almost two decades of experience, we have the knowledge required to provide the support you need. If you have been charged with DWI, contact our firm and schedule a consultation.