Maryland Aggravated DUI Laws
If you’ve ever been pulled over by a member of Maryland’s law enforcement team, you know how scary it is to see those flashing blue lights suddenly appear behind you. While being stopped for speeding or running a red light can be quite scary, the entire experience becomes terrifying when you are suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI). This is especially true if your case involves what are known as aggravating factors. In these situations, you may be charged with a much more serious Maryland DUI charge. In a situation with so much at stake you need the help of a skilled Maryland DUI defense attorney to protect your rights, your driving privileges and possibly your freedom.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Towson DUI Lawyer John G. Turnbull III to discuss your pending DUI charges. Dial (410) 3218860 to arrange a free consultation. Mr. Turnbull serves those facing DUI, criminal and serious traffic violation charges in the Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, Howard County and Harford County areas.
Aggravating Factors In Maryland DUI Cases
Operating a vehicle with an excessive amount of alcohol in your bloodstream (a blood alcohol content above 0.15%), transporting a minor, and causing a serious auto accident are three of the most common reasons why a person may be charged with aggravated DUI. A DUI may also be treated more severely if a driver has a history of drunk driving, is caught driving 20 miles or more above the speed limit, or did not have a driver’s license at the time of his or her arrest.
Penalties Associated With An Aggravated DUI
Regardless of the reasoning behind it, an aggravated DUI carries a number of harsh penalties. If you are convicted of the offense in court, your sentence may include a minimum sixmonth license suspension, a $500 to $1,000 fine, and up to a oneyear jail sentence. In addition, the judge may order you to obtain treatment for alcoholism, undergo counseling, and/or have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle—which means you will have to perform a breath test in order to start your vehicle.
Along with any penalties imposed by the court, a DUI conviction can cause longterm harm to your personal life. For example, you can expect your insurance rates to skyrocket once your provider learns that you were found guilty of drunk driving. A DUI conviction can also impact your ability to be employed and your ability to obtain housing for you and your family. No matter how much you want your DUI to go away, it will be next to impossible to get your conviction removed from your criminal record.
Contact A Towson DUI Defense Attorney
Fortunately, being charged with aggravated DUI is not the same thing as being convicted of the offense in court. With help from an experienced Towson DUI defense attorney, you may be able to put the odds back in your favor and avoid the most devastating consequences of a drunk driving conviction. To discuss your case please contact Baltimore County DUI Defense Lawyer John G. Turnbull III by dialing (410) 3218860 for a free initial consultation.
Mr. Turnbull possesses a wealth of experience handling DUI and DWI cases throughout the Annapolis, Bel Air, Edgewood, Ellicott City, Essex, Glen Burnie, Owings Mills, Towson and White Marsh, Maryland areas.