Felony DUI and Misdemeanor DUI in Maryland

Maryland DUI attorneys

In certain states, motorists who drive under the influence can be prosecuted for a serious felony instead of the more common misdemeanor. A felony charge is much more damaging than a misdemeanor charge; therefore, it becomes even more important for a defendant to consult experienced Maryland DUI attorneys.

Typical and Atypical Maryland DUI Charges
Most of the time, Maryland DUI lawyers defend clients charged with misdemeanor DUI. This means that the defendants face possible:

  • Monetary fines
  • Suspended driving privileges
  • Jail time
  • Other serious consequences

However, sometimes Maryland DUI attorneys' clients are charged with felony DUI. Although this is atypical, there are several situations where motorists can be arrested for felony DUI instead of misdemeanor DUI.

Situations That Warrant Felony DUI Charges
Police can charge motorists with felony DUI if they drive under the influence and:

  • Cause or are involved in any kind of automobile accident
  • Have a minor in the car while committing the crime
  • Police measure their blood alcohol content to be at more than .20%
  • Have a previous record of arrest for driving under the influence
  • Travel at least 20 miles per hour above the displayed speed limit

Penalties for Felony DUI
After defendants are arrested for felony DUI, they often consult Maryland DUI lawyers in an attempt to avoid severe penalties. These penalties can include:

  • Significant monetary fines
  • Revoked driving privileges for a substantial amount of time (or forever)
  • Heavy jail or prison sentence

Aside from criminal justice penalties, those convicted for felony DUI can also experience countless social and financial consequences. For instance, Maryland DUI attorneys know that it is not uncommon for insurance companies to demand expensive insurance premiums from people arrested for felony DUI. Additionally, some businesses and housing complexes refuse to employ or extend services to someone with a felony arrest for driving under the influence on their criminal record.

Overall, Maryland DUI attorneys are familiar with these consequences and can work with defendants charged with misdemeanor or felony DUI to possibly fight the charges and regain control of their lives.

If you have been arrested for DUI—particularly felony DUI—the best course of action is to quickly mount a solid defense. Call 1-888-340-7583 now to reach the skilled Maryland DUI attorneys at Rowe, Weinstein & Sohn, PLLC.

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