Maryland DUI Laws
We understand how confusing, stressful, and terrifying it is when facing a DUI charge. We want to help put your mind at ease by answering any questions you might have about your charges, and generally prepare you for what to expect when going through the process for your case.
Will I go to jail if I get a DUI?
Every case is unique, so depending on the circumstances of your case it is possible that you could avoid jail time. In Maryland, jail time is a possibility even for a first offense DUI.
That being said, it is less likely that you will have to go to jail for a first offense unless there are aggravating circumstances involved, such as an extremely high BAC number, and speeding excessively. The maximum jail time for a first offense is one year, for a second offense it is two years (or a mandatory minimum stay of five days), and for a third offense, you could face up to three years or more in jail.
What would happen if I plead guilty to a DUI or DWI?
Even if you plead guilty to a DUI that does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted. If you are dealing with a first time offense DUI, an experienced attorney can often talk the judge into giving you probation before judgment, which is not considered a conviction in Maryland. If you and your lawyer choose to plead guilty in order to take a potentially useful disposition or deal from the state, then it is still possible that you will not be convicted of the crime.