Being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause major changes in one’s life. It’s not uncommon for such a conviction to lead to problems at work or issues with friends and family. Now that Maryland has approved stricter penalties for repeat DUI convictions, the legal ramifications of a DUI conviction will soon get harsher.
Understanding the new penalties for repeat DUIs
The new bill was approved by the Governor in May. The law will go into effect on October 1st of this year. It provides guidelines for the penalties faced by those who get a repeat conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated or on drugs. The law applies to people driving motor vehicles or operating water vessels.
When the new laws go into effect, drivers should be aware that penalties for driving while intoxicated will be harsher if a minor is in the vehicle. The law also outlines how with each subsequent conviction, the possible time in jail and fines increase. Penalties for driving while under the influence of both drugs and alcohol or under the influence or more than one drug at a time, are also stiffer.
Seek legal help when it’s needed
When one is facing DUI accusations, it’s important to work closely with an experienced attorney to come up with the best defense based on the specific circumstances. With the harsher penalties going into effect later this year, a conviction could significantly change one’s life for the worse. By consulting an attorney, one can know their rights and make decisions based on what’s best for their case.