Question: Do previous drunk driving convictions from another state count against me if I am arrested for DUI in Maryland?
Answer: Yes, they do. And that’s a common misconception, is when we ask a client, “Do you have any priors?” And they’ll sometimes follow it up with, “Well in Maryland, no.” Well, we care about everything. If the prosecutor’s on his game, he’s going to pull a full record. He’s going to pull an FBI data record. So he would know that way. Sometimes they don’t—some prosecutors only pull your Maryland record, and if they see that you’ve had a Maryland license for long enough, they don’t bother to look elsewhere. But if somebody’s either an out-of-state resident, or has only had a Maryland license for a year or two and they’re 30 years old, they’re going to go search the online database to see what else there is. So, yes, if you have two priors in California and you get one here, it’s considered a third offense.