I work 7 days a week so would prefer community service or home detention. During jail time would be hard to keep my job. My 1st DUI was 6 years ago so no longer on probation. I just want to know what the most likely sentence will be and also what alternatives would be available for me.
It is difficult to answer your question in a vacuum. Initially, an attorney handling your case would want to know about the State's ability to prove its case against you. Are there weaknesses in the state's case which could prevent them from obtaining a guilty verdict?
Next, are there factors that would call for a lesser penalty or a heightened penalty, such as an accident?
Lastly, who is the Judge in your courtroom?
It would be wise to talk to an experienced attorney in the Lexington Park area to get further guidance. I would strongly suggest hiring an attorney for this situation. Going it alone could be a disaster. The maximum penalty (assuming no subsequent offender papers were files against you) would be 1 year in jail, $1,000.00 or both.
Best of luck.
You have Judge Riddle or Judge Wells in St. Mary's County District Court. Worst case scenario, you are looking at two weekends of incarceration, 18 months to three years probation, and fine.
With a subsequent offense in less than 10 years, you would be wise to check out a program such as the Carol Porto Center or Right Turn of Maryland. Both judges are progressive thinkers, and will give you credit for your attempt to rehabilitate yourself. It is critical that you investigate your treatment options immediately. Do not wait for the week of trial.
Of course, if you win, then you would not have to worry about the sentence. I would encourage you to contact my office for a free no obligation consultation. 410-286-1220.
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