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Will entering a rehab program help my DUI case?

So, the police charged you with driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland. Now what? Do you sit by and let prosecutors decide your fate, or do you take steps to seek a case dismissal or, at least, minimize any consequences possibly coming your way? When it comes to DUI cases, it is always worth it to choose the latter of the two.

The consequences associated with a DUI charge can be significant, especially if you have previous drunk driving convictions on your record. If you are quick to take action after your arrest, the outcome of your case will be far better than if you wait it out and do nothing. For example, some people may not be aware that putting oneself in a rehabilitation program before one's case goes to court is something that can help the court see one in a more positive light.

Signs that rehab is necessary

Not everyone who drives under the influence of alcohol has a severe drinking problem, particularly first-time offenders. Some people make poor decisions, learn from them and move on. However, some people get behind the wheel drunk because they are consistently abusing alcohol. There are certain signs of alcohol abuse that can help you determine if rehab would prove beneficial:

  • Spending a significant amount of time, money and energy on drinking
  • Drinking to cope with life
  • Poor work or school performance
  • Neglecting responsibilities -- whether personal or professional
  • Drinking regardless of the negative consequences

People who abuse alcohol often find they build a tolerance to it. So, along with the signs listed above, drinking in greater excess to get the same effects is also a sign of alcohol abuse.

Why self-report to rehab?

If convicted, the state of Maryland will likely put you in a court-ordered alcohol treatment program. While these programs are often successful, some people hate the fact that they must be there. Rehabilitation only works if you want it to. If you choose to go on your own, you will have more control over the process and will likely find greater success. It also shows the court that you are trying to improve yourself, so you are less likely to drive drunk in the future.

Rehab is not necessary for everyone

Entering an alcohol rehabilitation program is not necessary for everyone arrested on a DUI charge. With the right assistance, you can determine if this is something that may benefit your case.

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