Understanding What Can Happen
The state of Maryland considers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs a serious offense and has established laws that dole out severe penalties. Some of these penalties may be ordered even if you have not yet been convicted of the offense. This may create financial burdens for you and your family, especially if your ability to keep your job is affected.
The attorneys at Joel L. Katz, L.L.C., have over four decades of experience defending clients charged with DUI and DWI. We will work diligently with you to develop a personalized defense strategy for your drunk driving charges and will advocate aggressively on your behalf to minimize any potential legal repercussions.
If you have been charged with DUI or DWI, you face several penalties that could include:
- Jail time
- Costly fines
- License suspension or revocation
- A criminal record
- Points on your driving record
- Insurance cancellation or rate increases
DUI is the more serious of the two charges and will carry heavier penalties than if you are convicted of DWI. If you are a first-time offender, you may qualify for reduced sentencing or probation. If you are facing a second or third offense, you may be subject to larger fines, increased jail time, harsher license restrictions and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device.
Protecting Your Future
A DUI or DWI conviction can affect your life profoundly. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can make all the difference when facing such serious consequences. Our Annapolis attorneys are available to speak with you at any time. Contact us through our online form or by calling 800-966-5333 to schedule a free initial consultation.