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If you are facing DUI charges in Worcester County, it is important that you take legal action immediately to build your defense. The quicker you enlist legal help to combat your DUI accusations, the quicker the case may be resolved. Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law has over 30 years of experience defending clients, and she brings experience as a former prosecutor and state trooper. She has also cultivated professional relationships with the state and judges’ offices, and she is a well-respected attorney in her jurisdiction. You can trust that your DUI defense is in good, capable hands with Attorney Guyer.
Whether you are facing standard DUI charges, drug DUI, underage DUI, or even felony DUI, Attorney Guyer can help. Call (410) 834-0373 or contact her online today.
First and Multiple Offenses
There are 2 types of intoxicated driving charges in Maryland – driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI). DUI is driving or attempting to drive while impaired to a substantial extent by alcohol or drugs or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more.
The penalties for a DUI or DWI conviction depend on the severity of the offense and the number of prior convictions. More specifically, DUI is punishable by:
- 1st offense – up to 1 year in jail; up to $1,000 in fines; up to 6 months of license suspension
- 2nd offense – up to 2 years in jail; up to $2,000 in fines; up to 9 months of license suspension
- 3rd offense – up to 5 years in jail; up to $5,000 in fines; up to 12 months of license suspension
Visit our page on Multiple DUIs for more information on factors affecting the above penalties as well as the sentencing guidelines for DWI convictions.
Note that Maryland also implements implied consent laws that presume all drivers have implicitly consented to a test of their breath or blood. Refusing or failing a test could lead to the following periods of license suspension, depending on the circumstances:
- 180 days for a test failure (BAC of .08% or more);
- 270 days for refusal and 2 years for subsequent refusals;
- 1 year if the offense involved a fatality accident due to a BAC of .08% or more;
- permanent revocation if the offense involved a fatality accident due to a BAC of .15% or more.
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While the rules for intoxication by alcohol are fairly straightforward, drug DUI may be more varied due to the wide range of drugs that could contribute to a charge of impairment. Some examples of illicit controlled substances that, if ingested illegally, could lead to a drug DUI are marijuana, cocaine, narcotics, LSD, anti-anxiety medication like Xanax, and even cough suppressants containing small amounts of codeine, such as Robitussin.
A drug DUI conviction will warrant the sentencing ranges as listed above for standard DUIs. There are a few avenues of defense specific to drug DUIs, though, such as asserting the defendant’s legal right to use the drug (such as for medical treatment purposes). This will depend on the situation, though, so it is advisable to work with an attorney on the most appropriate defense strategy.
Be aware that Maryland’s “zero tolerance” law establishes that a driver under 21 years old who has any level of alcohol in their system, regardless of whether they are actually impaired, can be charged with underage DUI. Generally, such a zero-tolerance level of intoxication amounts to a mere BAC of 0.02%. If charged in adult court, the penalties an underage driver may face will be the same as those for a driver older than 21 years old (as listed above).
Convicted drivers under the age of 21 may also be required to participate in the ignition interlock program for up to 3 years. For more information, visit our page on Underage DUI.
Get Started on Your DUI Defense Today
It is not the end of the world if you have been charged with DUI. Attorney Julie M. Guyer has over 3 decades of experience defending clients in the criminal justice system; she is more than capable of taking on your DUI defense and will do her best to argue for mitigated or dismissed charges. Attorney Guyer will put her experience and professional relationships to use in your Worcester County defense.
Schedule a free consultation online or at (410) 834-0373 to get started with Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law.
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