Don’t Chance a DUI — It’s Not Worth It

Don’t Chance a DUI

Whenever you are heading out for a night on the town, don’t chance a DUI…it is not worth it! If you are charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), it is one of the most challenging situations a driver can face. It jeopardizes driving privileges while burdening you and your family with hefty fines, court costs, and legal fees. The risks involved are not worth it. If you need further convincing, we have the breakdown of all the DUI offense penalties. Your blood alcohol content (BAC) need only register at a .08% to be charged with driving under the influence. However, did you know that if your BAC is .07% you can be charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI)? Here are the charges for 1st – 2nd – and 3rd-time offenses.

1st Offense DUI Penalties

Getting pulled over by the authorities is every driver’s fear. Getting pulled over while under the influence can be a nightmare. If you are convicted of a first DUI, with no prior DUI or DWI charges, potential penalties could include:

  • Fines up to $1,000;
  • Jail time up to one year;
  • A total of 12 points added to your license; and
  • Driver’s license suspension for up to six months.

1st Offense DWI Penalties

While DWI is less severe than a DUI, the potential penalties are still severe. Penalties for a first time DWI include:

  • Fines up to $500;
  • Jail time up to 2 months;
  • Eight total points on your license; and
  • Driver’s license suspension up to 60 days.

2nd DUI Penalties

2nd Offense DUI Penalties
DUI and DWI consequences become more severe if you have been previously convicted at any time over the past five years. At that point, you are you will be considered a repeat offender. The DUI penalties listed by the MVA for repeat offenders include the following:

  • Fines up to $2,000/$500 for DWI
  • Mandatory minimum jail time of 5 days and jail sentences up to 2 years/ Up to one year for DWI
  • 12 additional points on your license/8 points for DWI
  • Driver’s license revocation for one year;/120 days for DWI
  • Mandatory participation in an alcohol or drug abuse counseling and assessment program
  • Following revocation, 12 month waiting period to reinstate your license
  • Participation in the Ignition Interlock Program for one year

3rd DUI Penalties

  • Fines up to $3,000
  • Mandatory minimum jail time of 10 days and jail sentences up to 3 years
  • 12 additional points on your license
  • Driver’s license revocation for 18 months
  • Mandatory participation in an alcohol or drug abuse counseling and assessment program
  • Following revocation, 18 month waiting period to reinstate your license
  • Participation in the Ignition Interlock Program for a year or more

4th DUI Penalties

Under Maryland law, a fourth DUI in under five years is subject to the same penalties as a third DUI. However, at this time, a judge is more likely to impose the maximum sentence. Plus there are additional wait times for reinstatement of your license.

  • $3,000 fines
  • Three years’ imprisonment
  • 12 additional points on your license
  • Driver’s license revocation for 18 months
  • Mandatory participation in an alcohol or drug abuse counseling and assessment program
  • Following revocation, 24 months wait time to reinstate your license
  • Participation in the Ignition Interlock Program for a year or more

5th DUI Penalties

If you are facing your fifth DUI, it is more than likely that in addition to the penalties listed above, you will also face charges of driving without a license.

Penalties for driving under a revoked license in Maryland include:

  • 12 addition points on the license;
  • Up to a year in jail; and
  • Up to $1,000 in fines.

The consequences of driving under a revoked license go up with each offense. Further, the number of fines and jail time is in addition to your other DUI consequences and penalties.

There Are Options!

While these penalties may seem frightening, there is a way to avoid them altogether. Don’t chance a DUI…hire Annapolis Flyer Cab. We offer the most convenient and reliable car service in the Annapolis Area. Never worry about having fun while having a night on the town. Annapolis Flyer Cab can get you where you need to go safe and sound. Never get behind the wheel even after a couple of drinks. You might think you feel fine, but the law will prove otherwise! Contact Annapolis Flyer Cab to learn about our services and to book your reservation today. Don’t chance a DUI – It’s not worth it!

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