According to the Maryland State Police, more than 8,900 drivers were pulled over Thanksgiving weekend. Ninety-six of those drivers have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), 56 were accused of drug violations and 133 faced other criminal charges.
No one wants to end up in jail during a holiday weekend, but many people do, especially when the get-togethers involve drinking. Instead of having a forgiving outlook over holidays, police departments go the opposite direction and often increase patrols and sobriety checkpoints during high-traffic weekends such as Thanksgiving.
In all other ways, being charged for DUI/DWI at Thanksgiving is no different from a DUI/DWI any other time of the year. Those charged with first offense DUI can face up to one year in jail (or two years if there was a minor in the car), six months license suspension and up to $1,000 in fines. A first offense DWI can lead to two months in jail (six months for transporting a minor), six months license suspension and up to $500 in fines. For any offense, you may also face license suspension or revocation and have points added to your driving record
Those are just the penalties for first offense DUI/DWI. The penalties increase for each DUI/DWI offense. A third offense DUI, for example, carries up to three years in jail and $3,000 in fines.
As you can see, if you were arrested for DUI over Thanksgiving weekend, you may face serious consequences. An experienced DUI defense lawyer can help you fight against your charges and protect your future.
Source: CBS DC, “Md. State Troopers successfully stop nearly 60 drunk drivers over holiday,” Nov. 26, 2012