If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) for a second time within five years of a first conviction, you can face a number of serious penalties. You may be under the impression that you can expect the same consequences in your current DUI case that you were sentenced to in your first case. Under state law, however, a second offense DUI carries much more serious penalties.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your last offense, here is what could happen:

A second offense is more serious. Many judges in Maryland will sentence a second time offender to anywhere from a weekend to 10 days in jail on a second offense. However, with the proper preparation before trial, we often avoid any jail time. Getting alcohol counseling prior to court, and even submitting to overnight weekend counseling, can help totally avoid incarceration. The Court wants to see that you’ve done something that shows remorse and that will demonstrate that you’re not a danger to the community if he releases you.

My office has a great track record in avoiding jail time for second time offenders. But you need to take my advice on what to do prior to going to court.

In some cases, you may have a solid defense, and then we would try for a “Not Guilty”.

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