Facts About DUI/DWI Charges for Baltimore Residents
If you’ve been arrested while driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated in Baltimore, you should know that this is a serious offense. You might potentially face jail time, be responsible for numerous fines, get sentenced to probation or substance abuse treatment, community service, or even have a breathalyzer placed within your vehicle. That’s why it’s essential to have a DUI/DWI attorney that’s highly experienced with handling these types of cases to advocate on your behalf. Albers & Associates can diligently defend your case to try to obtain the best possible legal outcome for your DUI/DWI charge in Maryland. Here’s a few top facts that you should know about DUI/DWI charges.
What’s the Difference Between DUI/DWI Charges?
There’s a notable difference between being charged with a DUI and being charged with a DWI. While both charges can be doled out to an individual who is intoxicated on drugs or alcohol, they each have their own consequences that vary in severity. Being charged with a DUI represents “driving under the influence” and a DWI charge represents “driving while intoxicated.” Typically, an individual is charged with a DUI if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above .08 while a DWI is reserved for BAC’s under .07. If you’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI in Baltimore, you’re going to need the expert legal team at Albers & Associates.
What Penalties Will I Face?
The penalties for a DUI or DWI charge may vary, depending on whether this is your first offense and the severity of what transpired during your arrest. For most individuals, a drunk-driving offense is considered a misdemeanor in the state of Maryland. You will have to go to court. If you’re found guilty of drunk driving or driving while impaired, which is prohibited in the state of Maryland, you may face anywhere from $500 to $5,000 in fines. Additionally, you may serve anywhere from two months to five years in jail, according to Md. Code, Transportation § 21-902, 27-101. Additional restrictions may be implemented at the discretion of the judge who presides over your hearing.
Additional Restrictions You May Face
It’s not uncommon for individuals charged with a DUI or DWI to face additional restrictions, also known as non-criminal consequences. In the state of Maryland, a driver may have their license suspended if they’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI. Additionally, a driver who has met certain circumstances may opt-in to the Ignition Interlock Program monitored by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. In this program, a driver may only operate a vehicle if it is equipped with an ignition interlocking device. Photographs of the driver taking the test are available and monitored by the MVA. It’s important to know what your rights are when you’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI by working with an experienced DUI/DWI attorney. Contact Albers & Associates today for a consultation!
Albers & Associates is Your Experienced Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney
Albers & Associates is your highly experienced Baltimore criminal defense attorney. We can advocate on your behalf for the best possible resolution for your case. Our highly skilled legal team can expertly navigate your case and work with you during this difficult time. Contact us today for a consultation. You can also give us a call at our downtown Baltimore, MD office (410) 505-0671 or Dundalk, MD office (410) 505-7831.