Baltimore DUI: punishment for a repeat offender
While we have said before that jail is often not in the cards for a first-time Maryland DUI offender, for a second (or more) offense, it is always on the table.
You could be facing up to three years in prison with a mandatory jail sentence. You will either lose your driving privilege or be on interlock for an extended period of time and you will face serious fines of up to $3000. Understand, jail is the norm for a repeat offense and is almost always the prosecutor’s first offer.
If you have been following our Baltimore DUI rantings, you’ll know that as Baltimore DUI lawyers, we place heavy emphasis on treatment in addition to defending your DUI, because not every case can be beaten (although many can). As we tell every client, the difference between you getting a break on a case from a prosecutor or judge can be anything from how you appear in court to the work you have done in treatment.
Why leave anything to chance?
Baltimore DUI: But I don’t have a drinking problem
You may have been unlucky twice, but you MUST understand that while we believe you, the Judge and the Prosecutor will NOT and will assume that you have a drinking problem. If you want a result without jail, you should enter treatment as though you have a drinking problem. You should stop drinking, at least during the pendancy of your trial (because I’ve seen many judges ask if you have had a drink and the truth is much quicker than a lie).