Though Maryland drunk driving laws have been tightened in recent years, many special interest groups are lobbying to increase the severity of such penalties to an even greater degree. The focus of many such groups is now on the individual charged for the first time of such an offense.
There is now a stigma that goes along with being arrested for drunk driving. Being pulled over for a DUI could lead to large fines and significant jail time. However, because such arrests are often publicized in local newspapers before there has even been a determination of guilt or innocence, those individuals arrested often face public embarrassment and the possible breakup of their family as well.