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Maryland DUI/DWI Information

Maryland’s DUI Criminal Penalties

Maryland’s DUI penalties range from mandatory classes to jail time. The severity of your case and many factors come into play for the court when deciding potential DUI penalties. Generally speaking the blood alcohol content and whether it is a repeat offense will have the most bearing on the severity of your punishments. If you are arrested for a DUI or DWI in Maryland, the most important thing you can do for yourself and for your family is contact an experienced DUI attorney.

DUI/DWI Criminal Penalties

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or driving while impaired by alcohol, then the State’s Attorney’s Office must prove:
1. That you drove, operated or were in actual physical control of a vehicle
2. That, at the time, you were either under the influence of alcohol or impaired by alcohol

The Difference Between a Maryland DUI and DWI

DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol, is the more severe crime. It requires that the alcohol you consumed has substantially impaired your normal coordination.
First Offense: 1 year and/or $1,000.00 fine (12 MVA points and 45-day suspension)
Second Offense: 2 years and/or $2,000.00 fine (License suspended for 1 year)
Third Offense: 3 years and/or $3,000.00 fine (License suspended for 8 months)

DWI, or driving while impaired by alcohol, is the less serious crime. It requires that the alcohol you consumed has impaired normal coordination to some extent.
First Offense: 60 days and/or $500.00 fine (8 MVA points and 60-day suspension)
Second Offense: 1 Year and/or $500.00 fine (60-day suspension)
Third Offense: 1 year and/or $500.00 fine (minimum of 60-day suspension)

What is driving under the influence of alcohol per se?

If you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol per se, then the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s must prove:
1. That you drove, operated or were in actual physical control of a vehicle
2. That, at the time of testing, you were under the influence of alcohol per se

Driving under the influence of alcohol per se is the most serious crime. It requires that you took a breathalyzer that showed an alcohol level at the time of .08 or more. The per se arrest is one of the most difficult to defend and may require additional research because no further evidence on the state’s side is needed to prove intoxication and impairment.
1 year and/or $1,000.00 fine (12 MVA points)

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