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Court says eighth DUI is enough, next stop - jail

Many may not realize that a Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) arrest in Maryland carries with it both civil and criminal consequences. Both can be influenced by your driving record, history of DUI offenses, and the blood alcohol content at the time of the offense. While the criminal consequences could include fines and jail time, the civil consequences can result in a loss of license or other privileges.

One Maryland man has been experiencing these consequences for years and has to now face an eight year jail sentence (four years active time) as a result of his eighth DUI conviction. The man has six convictions in Wicomico County alone and several others in Worcester County. The man was previously required to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle, but in the latest incident for which he was arrested, there was no device installed.

The judge sought the maximum sentence allowed under state law for the man since he was a subsequent offender. The prosecution is hoping that this eight year sentence sends a message to others that DUI and driving impaired offenses will not be tolerated, especially for subsequent offenders.

The severity of the consequences of offenses such as DUI, particularly with repeat offenders, demonstrates the need for those charged to seek out criminal defense counsel in order to present a strong and strategic case both to the prosecution and in the courtroom. Being used as an example and receiving the maximum sentence allowable is something that may be mitigated if you have the right type of legal counsel that is also seeking to protect your long-term well-being as an individual, not just a client, as well as zealously advocate for your rights.

Source: The Dispatch, "8th DUI Results In Jail Term," Shawn J. Soper, Feb. 8, 2013

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