Experienced, Established Prince Frederick DUI/DWI Defense Lawyers
With an established reputation in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's County courts, Cumberland & Erly, LLC is exceptionally well-qualified to represent clients facing drunk or intoxicated driving charges in southern Maryland. Our attorneys have experience representing first time offenders as well as people with prior DUI or DWI convictions on their records.
Fight Drunk Driving Charges & Avoid the Serious Consequences of a Conviction
Maryland law distinguishes between driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) based on person's blood alcohol content (BAC). DUI is the more serious of the two charges. Any reading above a .06 will lead to an alcohol related charge. Charges may also be initiated if the police feel that a person is under the influence of prescription medication or a controlled dangerous substance, or some combination thereof. The potential penalties of even a first DUI or DWI-related conviction include:
- DUI - up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines, 12 points on your driver's license, and a six months minimum license suspension
- DWI - up to two months in jail and $500 in fines, eight points on your driver's license, and a six months license suspension
- Underage DUI - Maryland has a zero tolerance law for minors found driving under the influence, which means a BAC of only .02 percent is enough to be charged with DUI and could result in a $500 fine and a 45 day driver's license suspension
- DUI or DWI with a minor in the vehicle - If transporting a minor at the time of arrest, a person may be sentenced to two years in jail for DUI and up to six months in jail for DWI, and fines may be doubled.
Beyond the criminal and civil penalties associated with a DUI or DWI conviction, the collateral consequences of having a DUI or DWI on your permanent record can also be severe. In many cases, a DUI can frustrate your efforts to procure employment, promotions, or a professional license for years after the actual incident occurred, and your insurance company could either cancel your policy or raise your rates substantially.
Contact a Knowledgeable Calvert County DUI/DWI Defense Attorney after an Arrest
Driving under the influence is taken very seriously by Maryland courts and law enforcement officers, making it important to retain experienced, knowledgeable defense counsel to protect your rights and your welfare. After an arrest, do not hesitate to contact Cumberland & Erly, LLC for a free initial consultation to determine your best course of action going forward.