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Penalties for DUI increase when collisions occur

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2024 | CRIMINAL LAW - Drunk Driving

If an individual is taken into Maryland police custody for suspected drunk driving, he or she will probably be given a Breathalyzer test. Under implied consent laws, every individual agrees to take this test when signing a driver’s license. A refusal to take the test activates a driver’s license suspension. A person will likely face DUI charges if blood alcohol content (BAC) level is .08 or higher.  

Certain issues may elevate DUI charges or result in additional charges and more serious penalties under conviction. For example, if the person facing charges was involved in a motor vehicle collision that caused property damage or injuries, charges may be elevated to aggravated DUI. Another example would be the addition of child endangerment charges if a person is arrested for DUI with a minor in the vehicle at the time.  

Maryland man sentenced to 10 years for fatal DUI crash 

A 22-year-old man will be serving four years of a 10-year sentence behind bars, as well as five years of supervised probation. The sentence was handed down in connection with DUI charges that were filed after a fatal collision in 2022. The man in question had been at a friend’s birthday party, where surveillance films later viewed by investigators showed him consuming numerous alcoholic beverages before driving and hitting a pedestrian.  

Sadly, the 62-year-old man was pronounced dead after being struck by a vehicle that was traveling at approximately 30 mph over the posted speed limit. While facing DUI charges in Maryland is always a serious matter, issues such as those described in this case often intensify the potential severity of the implications associated with a conviction. In any case, it is always best to seek immediate legal support if a drunk driving arrest occurs.