[fusion_text]MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Maryland. Individuals who are convicted of a DUI in Maryland face serious criminal and administrative penalties. According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, new laws regarding drinking and driving have recently been put in place to increase the penalties of drunk driving.
Under Noah’s Law, drivers convicted of drunk driving will be required to use an ignition interlock device. This device is installed in an offender’s car and requires the individual to submit to a breath test each and every time he or she gets behind the wheel. If the driver’s BAC level is found above the legal limit, the car will not start. Individuals may also face longer driver’s license suspension under the new law. Previously, a first offense DUI carried with it a 45 day license suspension. Under Noah’s law, first time offenders face a 180 day license suspension. Second time and subsequent offenders face more serious charges.
Some individuals may wonder whether they can take a plea deal instead of facing the worst of the DUI penalties. Sometimes a plea deal could involve accepting a lesser charge, like a wet reckless, over a DUI. You may still need to accept the use of an ignition interlock device, but the deal could protect you from the criminal, legal, and practical consequences of having a DUI on your record. For instance, a DUI can affect your ability to receive certain federal funding or aid, could impact your ability to travel or study in other countries, and can even lead to increased insurance rates.
Yet, it is important to be realistic about what a plea deal can and cannot do. A plea deal is a compromise with the prosecutor. If the evidence against you is strong, or if your DUI case involves serious charges, like vehicular manslaughter, you may still face jail time, even with a plea deal. For instance, in a case where a man killed three people, he took a plea deal and will serve 23 years in prison, according to ABC News. It is important to be realistic about the nature of the charges against you and to understand the strength of the evidence. A DUI or DWI lawyer in Montgomery County, Maryland can review your case and inform you about your options. Peters Law, L.L.C. in Montgomery County Maryland can review your case to make sure officers followed the law in your arrest. In some cases, it may be wise to take your case to court, particularly if officers failed to follow police procedure or if there is issue with the evidence. However, going to trial when the evidence is strong can be risky, and in those cases it may be wise to seek a plea deal.
Of course, only a lawyer qualified to review your case can offer you appropriate counsel. DWI cases can be complex and involve many aspects of the law. If you are facing DWI charge, it is important to understand the seriousness of the charges and to seek counsel from a qualified criminal defense attorney. Visit www.peterslawllc.com today to learn more.[/fusion_text]