A Baltimore based criminal defense, DUI/DWI defense, Personal Injury Attorney.
Former Assistant State’s Attorney who has handled thousands of DUI & DWI cases for Marylanders. http://www.RiceLawMD.com
A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Impaired) arrest and conviction will haunt any driver for the rest of their life, and if that drunk driver causes an accident that injures himself or kills another, the consequences can be devastating.
One of the most important affects a DUI or DWI can have on an individual is the social embarrassment that comes along with the arrest. Your friends and family will find out that you have been arrested for DUI or DWI and pass immediate judgment on your character. If the drunk driver has to pay for an attorney or take a day off work for court, they’ll be asked questions, and eventually the truth will come out. Clients express on a regular basis their embarrassment for their actions to their attorney and to the Court when they appear before the Judge. In most cases that embarrassment will prevent further risky behavior that could lead to a second DUI or DWI arrest.
If the DUI or DWI arrest leads to an accident that injures or kills another, the local media will typically pick up on the story and the drunk driver will have to deal with the public admonishment for his actions. Family member will always remember your actions and that may cause friction among the household for your DUI or DWI arrest. In addition, children of the drunk driver will often feel unsafe or harbor sentiments of hatred for their parent who committed the offense.
DUI or DWI arrests can affect your ability to obtain housing in the form of rental property. Landlords are savvy enough to run a simple background check on potential renters. In Maryland, a check of the Maryland Judiciary Case Search can reveal the arrest and outcome of the court proceedings. In addition, landlords will ask potential renters if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime or traffic offense. If you don’t tell the landlord at the outset, then they could use that application denial as grounds for terminating your lease at a future date.
If you plan on renting a vehicle in the future, the car rental companies may complete a background check and find the DUI or DWI conviction. Those rental companies have the right to refuse a rental out of concern that a person is an unsafe driver.
One of the most unending affects can be on your current or potential employment opportunities. Employment can be affected if you receive a DUI or DWI arrest and conviction in many ways. If driving a company vehicle is required, then most employers will not allow employees who have received a DUI or DWI conviction to operate their company vehicle. Employers must maintain insurance on their company vehicles and most insurance companies will not allow an employer to permit an employee that has a DUI or DWI conviction to drive a company vehicle. For that reason, employment opportunities may be limited to convicted drunk drivers. In addition, most employers see drunk driving convictions as an indicator that the potential employee is a risk and may hire the next person in line, even if the drunk driver is the best hire.
For these reasons, and many others, it is imperative that individuals arrested for drunk driving hire a DUI/DWI defense lawyer to handle your case. Contact G. Randolph Rice, Jr., with the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC to schedule your free DUI/DWI consultation.
In Maryland, there are two parts to every DUI/DWI case; the MVA consequences and the criminal prosecution.
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will suspend a drunk driver’s license for a refusal to submit to the breath or blood test or for a blood alcohol test result of .08 or higher. Effective assistance by a trained DUI/DWI Maryland lawyer can increase ones chances of maintaining their right to drive.
When the alleged drunk driver appears in Court, that driver is facing criminal penalties of up to one (1) year in jail for the first time DUI conviction and penalties of $1,000.00
If you would like to know how to handle a DUI/DWI arrest of how to handle a traffic stop in Maryland, view our DUI/DWI Glovebox Guide.
If you have been arrested or charged with DUI/DWI, contact DUI/DWI Attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at 410.288.2900 and visit http://www.RiceLawMD.com for more information.