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Multiple DUIs can be significant deterrents to your future, as conviction could result in lengthy suspension periods. However, recall that only convictions incurred within a certain number of years count as priors, though, so you may actually be in the clear for a multiple offense, depending on when you were last charged. In any case, Attorney Julie M. Guyer is a tenacious attorney who knows how to put up a strong and unique defense for her clients. She has over 30 years of legal experience and is well-respected among her jurisdiction as a defense attorney that knows how to fight. 

Most attorneys don’t have Attorney Guyer’s background and cannot achieve the things she can; put Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law on your multiple DUI case to resolve your case. Contact her online or at (410) 834-0373.

Intoxicated Driving Laws in Maryland

Maryland classifies 2 types of intoxicated driving charges – driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI). DUI refers to driving or attempting to drive while impaired: 

  • to a substantial extent by alcohol or a controlled substance or 
  • with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .08%. 

DWI occurs when there is proof that the driver’s normal coordination was impaired to some extend by alcohol or drugs. Note that the level of impairment the prosecution must prove for a DWI conviction is lower than that for a DUI. 

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Penalties for Multiple Offenders

The penalties for a DUI or DWI conviction depend on a few factors, primarily the number of prior offenses incurred in the last 10 years and the circumstances of the incident. (Note that for the purposes of determining license suspension, only prior offenses within the last 5 years are counted). For multiple DUIs, the penalties could be:

  • 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

If the vehicle had a passenger under 18 years old at the time of the DUI offense, they could face an additional $1,000 in fines and 1 more year in jail.

The penalties for multiple DWIs are:

  • 2nd offense – up to 1 year in jail; up to $500 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

If the vehicle operated by the impaired driver had a minor passenger, they could face an additional year in jail and $1,000 in fines for a first offense and an additional 2 years in jail and $2,000 fine for a second offense.

Keep in mind that, like many states, Maryland also implements implied consent laws that presume all drivers have implicitly consented to a test of their breath or blood. If the driver fails or refuses a test, the officer may seize their license. Subsequently, they could face the following suspension periods, depending on the nature of the refusal:

  • 180 days, regardless of the number of prior offenses, for a test failure (detected BAC of .08% or more);
  • 270 days for a second or subsequent refusal if they have a high BAC of .15% or more; 
  • 2 years if they have a prior refusal;
  • 1 year for second or subsequent convictions if the offense involved a fatality accident due to a BAC of .08% or more;
  • permanent revocation for subsequent convictions if the offense involved a fatality accident due to a BAC of .15% or more.

A driver may contest an implied consent suspension by filing a request for hearing within 10 days of the suspension notice.

Ignition Interlock Program

One important element of the penalties and sentencing for DUI in Maryland is the state’s ignition interlock (IID) program that allows certain participants to drive during their suspension. The ignition interlock program is mandatory for offenders who are convicted of:

  • an alcohol-related DUI;
  • any intoxicated driving conviction with a passenger under 16 years old;
  • any intoxicated driving conviction if the driver was under 21 years old; and
  • an alcohol-related DWI if the driver has a prior DWI/DUI that occurred within the last 5 years.

The IID program generally lasts 1 year for a second offense and 3 years for a third offense. Successful completion of the IID program can result in the early reinstatement of the individual’s license.

Contact Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law for Legal Representation

If this is not your first DUI charge, you could be facing lengthier penalties that may be further enhanced by aggravating factors. However, it is important to note that there is a specific window of time governing what counts as a prior offense. To determine your potential outcomes for a multiple DUI in Worcester County, consult Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law for legal advice. She has over 30 years of experience defending clients and pays a keen attention to detail. She can examine your situation and determine the most effective course of defense for your unique DUI case.

Don’t let a DUI offense impact your future to drive. Contact Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law online or at (410) 834-0373 to get started on your defense today.

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