What are the penalties for repeat intoxication offenses?

Everyone makes mistakes, but some are more serious than others. If you’ve been drinking and driving, you know that you shouldn’t have been. It’s dangerous, and it puts your life and the lives of others at risk. If this isn’t the first time, then you could be facing serious penalties for your actions.

What happens after you commit multiple violations of drunk driving laws?

If you’ve been driving under the influence and are stopped multiple times within a five-year time period, you’ll be known as a repeat offender. Anyone who is convicted of repeat offenses will have his or her licenses suspended for one year. After that, an ignition interlock device is installed for an additional year to prevent further drunk driving.

What happens if you receive a Notice of Suspension?

If you receive a Notice of Suspension, you’ll have to turn in your driver’s license. If you want to prove that you have not had two alcohol violations within the last five years, then you have the ability to request a hearing when this paperwork comes. You can also request a different penalty of a 45-day suspension with 320 days with an ignition interlock device, which may be helpful if you have a job that requires you to drive.

What happens if you can’t afford an ignition interlock device?

If you can’t afford to pay for the ignition interlock device that is required by law, then there are steps you can take to show that you are below the financial hardship income. If you’re living alone, that income level is $26,580. Your attorney can help you file the paperwork for this, so you can get back to living your life and using your vehicle.

 

Source: Maryland.gov, “Repeat Offender Violations,” accessed July 06, 2016