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Understanding Maryland’s Administrative Penalties for DUI/DWI

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Driving under the influence or while impaired is a serious crime in all 50 states, often costing those convicted thousands of dollars, losing time at work, and highly stressful for all involved. Depending on the crime itself, penalties can range from fines to serving jail time. This article discusses the administrative penalties for DUI/DWI in the State of Maryland. If you or someone you know has been charged with such an offense, contact our office today to ensure your rights are protected and that you have representation in Court.

It is illegal in the State of Maryland to drink and drive, and it is also considered a crime to drive while impaired by drugs, including legal drugs. There are two types of drinking and driving offenses in Maryland: driving while under the influence (DUI), the most severe offense, followed by driving while impaired (DWI). A person who has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater is assumed to be under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and a person who has a blood alcohol concentration of .07 is believed to be impaired by alcohol (DWI). Penalties for these types of offenses can range from a $500 fine and two months in jail to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail. 

The penalties and consequences for a drunk driving conviction vary and depend on several factors and scenarios. For example, in some cases, even if a driver is found to be innocent by the Court, the Motor Vehicle Administration has the power to take administrative action against drivers that are arrested and suspected of drunk driving in Maryland. Even if a driver is found not guilty by the Court, the MVA can impose sanctions against the driver’s ability to drive in Maryland. 

Facing a DUI/DWI?

Have you been charged with a DUI or DWI? Our experienced attorneys at Albers & Associates can help defend your case to ensure your rights are protected and that your case receives the proper attention it deserves. With offices in Baltimore, Columbia, Towson, Northern Virginia, Westminster, and Dundalk, we’re here to help you with any questions you may have. Contact us, or call our experts at Albers & Associates at (443) 543-8517 to learn how we can help.