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Worcester County Felony DUI Lawyer
30+ Years of Experience with Strong Relationships with State and Judges’ Offices
If you are facing felony charges for DUI in Worcester County, do not worry. Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law can take on your case and handle your defense. You may naturally be feeling anxious and overwhelmed, but Attorney Guyer will do her best to put up a strong fight for you in court and argue against your felony charges. With over 30 years of experience, including former prosecution experience, Attorney Guyer will develop a unique angle of defense for your individual case. She has also cultivated strong relationships with the state and judges’ offices, which can make a key difference to the outcome of your case.
Put an attorney on your defense that stands out among Worcester County’s attorneys. Schedule a free consultation with Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law online or at (410) 834-0373 to learn more.
Felony DUI Offenses
Generally, offenses for driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are misdemeanors. Rarely will an offense be charged as a felony, unless aggravating factors are present. In Maryland, such aggravating circumstances that could result in a felony DUI are:
- homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; and
- homicide by motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance.
Vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol occurs when the defendant kills another person while driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more or while “substantially impaired” by alcohol. Vehicular homicide while impaired involves causing the death of another while the driver’s “normal coordination” is affected by alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance.
Note that it is possible to be found under the influence or impaired even at a lower BAC than above, and an individual can be charged if their impairment was due to any amount or type of controlled substance listed in the Controlled Substances Act.
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Penalties for Felony DUI
The penalties for felony DUI are serious for first offenders and subsequent offenders. Generally, for first offenders, homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is punishable up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines. For a second conviction, the defendant could be ordered to serve up to 10 years in prison and/or pay up to $10,000 in fines.
If convicted of homicide by motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance, a first offender could face up to 3 years in prison and/or a maximum of $5,000 in fines. A second conviction could result in up to 5 years in prison and/or a maximum of $10,000 in fines.
Advocating for Your Defense Against Felony Charges
Felony DUI charges are no small matter. The years of jail time and thousands in fines ordered upon conviction could severely impact your future, and you may understandably be going through a difficult time mentally and emotionally. However, rest assured that you have the right to put up a strong fight in court against your harsh or unfair accusations. With the help of an experienced felony DUI lawyer like Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law, you can argue for mitigated or even dismissed charges, depending on what is appropriate for your situation. Attorney Guyer has been defending clients for over 30 years, and she knows how to navigate a complex criminal justice system, especially when it comes to DUI.
Let Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law protect your rights in the face of harsh felony accusations. Schedule a free consultation with her online or at (410) 834-0373 to discuss your legal options today.
Why choose Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law?
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