Question: What type of penalties can I expect if I am charged with DUI in Maryland but live in another state? Will my home state find out about the charge?
Answer: The judges very likely would do some term of unsupervised probation, because states do not take probation out of state unless it’s a felony, and in Maryland there are no felony DUIs unless it’s a manslaughter case. So, whenever somebody’s placed on supervised probation, it wouldn’t transfer to the other person’s state. So generally what we see on an out of state case is unsupervised probation.
So we generally have our clients do everything up front, to make it easier on the judge to do the unsupervised probation. If the person receives a PBJ here in Maryland, their home state does not find out about the alcohol related charge; however, because of reciprocity, if points are assessed, so if there’s a guilty finding, those points would go back to the home state. So, in my example it was New York—New York would get notice that the person has 12 DUI points, and then based off their state’s laws, the person would be subject to punishment at that time. So that’s the only time that an out of state person can be punished based on points out of Maryland, but that would be subsequent to the actual case itself.