Archives for September 2011

DUI/DWI and Repeat Offenses


Throughout the country, penalties for drunk driving convictions are steep and Maryland is no exception. Penalties for repeat offenders are even more severe, and prosecutors are tougher on repeat offenders and often seek to make an example of such defendants by asking for the highest penalties possible under the law.

If you are convicted of second or third offense of DUI or DWI in Maryland, you could face the following penalties:

  • DUI second offense: Up to two years in jail, a one-year license suspension, possible ignition interlock program installation and up to $2,000 in fines
  • DWI second offense: Up to one year in jail, a one-year (or longer) license suspension and up to $500 in fines
  • DUI third offense: Up to three years in jail, up to an 18-month license suspension and up to $3,000 in fines
  • DWI third offense: Any of the above and possible additional jail time, a five-year license suspension and participation in a 28-day residential treatment program
  • In addition to legal penalties for a DUI/DWI conviction, such convictions can have far-reaching effects in your personal life, including:
    Increased automobile insurance premiums
  • A criminal record
  • Diminished employment and business opportunities
  • Loss of reputation, family and friends

Get help from a legal professional

Dealing with DUI/DWI charges can be daunting and emotionally stressful. And regardless of the circumstances of your case, you have a right to legal counsel and representation. Further, an arrest does not mean you will be found guilty. When facing DUI/DWI charges, particularly if it is a repeat offense, you need an experienced and skilled attorney who understands the legal process and can mount an effective defense. Contact Jonathan Scott Smith online or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule a consultation to discuss your DUI/DWI case.


  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101