If you have been charged with DUI or DW, you need to contact a Maryland DUI or DWI attorney immediately. We do not advise that you attempt to handle a DUI or DWI charge without experienced, competent legal counsel. The consequences for a DWI or DUI conviction can be severe. The long-term consequences can impact your education and career.
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DWI VS. DUI IN MARYLAND
Some states may treat DWI and DUI as the same offense. However, DWI and DUI are different criminal charges under Maryland laws. The terms apply to different criminal infractions and have different punishments for convictions.
WHAT IS A DWI CHARGE IN MARYLAND?
A DWI refers to driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Your blood alcohol content (BAC) does not need to exceed the legal limit of .08 to be charged with DWI. Drivers are often charged with DWI when they exhibit signs of being intoxicated, but their breathalyzer results are below the legal limit.
The penalties for DWI convictions are typically not a severe as the penalties for DUI convictions. However, you still face a significant fine and potential jail time for a DWI conviction. In some cases, a driver could spend two months in jail and pay a fine of $500 for a DWI conviction. In addition, points are added to your driver’s license, and you face higher insurance premiums for a DWI conviction.
WHAT IS A DUI CHARGE IN MARYLAND?
A DUI refers to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legal limit for DUI in Maryland is a BAC of .08 or higher. Anyone with a BAC of .08 or higher face significant penalties for a conviction.
The penalties for DUI convictions are much more severe compared to the penalties for DWI convictions. Depending on the facts in your case, you could receive a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail term of up to one year for a first offense DUI. For subsequent offenders, jail time and the fines increase dramatically. Other consequences of a DUI conviction include revocation of driving privileges, higher insurance premiums, and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock system.
CALL A MARYLAND DUI / DWI ATTORNEY NOW FOR A FREE APPOINTMENT
Drunk driving and driving while impaired defenses are complex areas of Maryland criminal law. You need a Maryland DUI attorney with extensive experience and knowledge to carefully examine the aspects of your case to develop a comprehensive defense strategy to fight the DUI/DWI charges.
Contact Pinder Plotkin LLC for a free consultation with a Parkville DUI/DWI attorney by calling 410-525-5337.