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Is a DUI a felony or a misdemeanor?

Is a DUI a felony or a misdemeanor?

Recently, we were contacted by a former client regarding their drunk driving case.  The client wanted to know if driving under the influence is considered a felony or a misdemeanor.

Drunk driving is a misdemeanor offense.

What is a felony?

A felony is a serious crime and, under Maryland law, is designated a felony by statute.  Typically, felony charges carry higher fines and penalties.

Examples of felonies include:

  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • First-degree assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Fraud
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Theft over $1,000

Additionally, convicted felons may lose many of their civil rights and find it difficult to secure employment.

What is a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is considered less serious crime in Maryland.  Misdemeanors are generally punished by lesser fines and penalties than felonies.

Examples of misdemeanors include:

  • Theft under $1,000
  • Reckless driving and other traffic offenses
  • Vandalism
  • Minor drug possession
  • Second-degree assault
  • Failure to appear in court

Drunk driving is a misdemeanor offense.

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If you’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI, it is essential for you to speak with an attorney who is experienced in this area of law. If you are in Maryland and received a DUI or DWI, it is wise to work closely with a Maryland DUI attorney. They can help you navigate Maryland’s specific laws in regards to DUIs and DWIs and get the best possible outcome for your situation.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI or DWI in Maryland and are in need of guidance, call the Law Office of Ross W. Albers today. We are an experienced Maryland DUI law firm and can help you navigate the aftermath of a DUI or DWI.

The sooner we begin working on your case, the sooner you can get on with your life—so give us a call at 443/457-3890.