Resources to Help Get You Through Your DUI/DWI Charges
Being arrested for a DUI in Maryland can be very stressful, but knowledge is power. We’ve compiled some helpful resources for you to take a look at to help you prepare yourself for your DUI trial.
If you have questions about your case, head over to our answers to the common DUI frequently asked questions. You can also contact us for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your Maryland DUI case.
Maryland Interlock Resources
MVA Authorized Interlock Providers (Schedule an appointment, and ask to have them waive the installation fee)
Smart Start Interlock
Alcohol Detection Systems
If you have been charged with a DUI, DUI per se, and/or DWI in Maryland, then it is critical that you complete an alcohol assessment and enroll in treatment before your court date. Contact one of the following providers to schedule an assessment.
Classes and Treatment Locations
BAC – This is your “blood alcohol concentration.” It can be measured by taking samples of your blood, urine, or breath. BAC is measured as a percentage.
The Legal Limit – The legal limit for BAC is .08% in all 50 states. If you get behind the wheel of a car with a BAC of .08% or higher and are pulled over, you will be charged with a DUI.
Implied Consent – When you apply for a driver’s license, you are agreeing to be tested for intoxication if you are suspected of driving while under the influence.
OUI/OWI – These can be used interchangeably with “DUI/DWI.” Rather than driving under the influence, you are “operating” under the influence.
Breathalyzer – A device that law enforcement officers can use to determine your BAC.
Noah’s Law – This law, also known as the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2015, was design to expand the use of the ignition interlock program in the state of Maryland and to create harsher penalties for DUI convictions. It was named after a police officer who was struck and killed by a drunk driver during a DUI arrest.
Learn more about Maryland’s new DUI laws effective October 1, 2019 here.
Will I Lose My License?
You might. Depending on the type of license you have and whether or not you are convicted, your license may be suspended or even revoked depending on the circumstances of your charges. However, even being charged with a DUI can result in the suspension of your license, which can affect your life substantially.
Will I Lose My Job?
It depends on your job. At the time of your arrest, the police officer will confiscate your license and provide you with a paper license that you can use until your MVA Hearing. However, for people who hold commercial driver’s licenses, also known as CDLs, this will not replace the license you need to do your job. So, until the charges are cleared, you will not be able to work. Getting on the phone with a lawyer as soon as humanly possible is essential for your continued employment.
Am I Going to Jail?
You might. If you are found guilty of a DUI, particularly if this is your second or third offense, you may face jail time. One possible outcome of DUI court proceedings, a Probation Before Judgment, can be sought. If you are able to secure a PBJ, you will be able to avoid going to jail.