Representation For Those Facing Repeat Drunk Driving Charges
In Maryland, the law can be particularly stringent for DUI repeat offenders. The Law Office of Ronald L. Schwartz aggressively represents you in court to make sure you are not convicted multiple times. Attorney Schwartz has decades of experience with drug and alcohol defense cases, including those originating in College Park and throughout Montgomery County, and can determine if you were treated fairly by the police during your arrest. Police procedures and equipment are not perfect, and any mistakes or omissions can result in hefty penalties if you are not effectively defended in court.
Penalties For Repeat Offenses In Maryland
Lawmakers and prosecutors throughout the state have little leniency for repeat DUI offenders, and you may end up serving the maximum penalty allowed under Maryland law. In this state, a repeat offender is anyone convicted of two or more DUIs. In addition, you may have to pay much higher auto insurance rates, and you may have difficulty finding employment and pursuing higher education. A DUI attorney can help.
The Law Office of Ronald L. Schwartz is familiar with the more serious punishments leveled against repeat drunk driving offenders, including the following:
- Jail time – Those convicted of repeat offenses may face up to two years of jail time, or more if there was a minor in the car at the time. First-time offenders generally serve a maximum of 60 days in jail.
- Suspended license – You may lose your driver’s license for up to a year after being convicted of a second DUI offense. This can leave you unable to get to work or to fulfill other responsibilities.
- Ignition interlock – Some repeat offenders are ordered to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles for up to a year. Now everyone including first time offenders. This device locks the ignition and does not allow the car to start until the driver provides a breath sample below a predetermined level of alcohol content.
Multiple Time Offenders Need Aggressive Defense
If you have already been convicted of one DUI, it is risky to roll the dice on a second. Attorney Schwartz strongly represents you in administrative hearings and in court. He closely reviews all police reports and evaluates testing equipment to make sure your arrest was legitimate.